I think this programme will appeal to those who love the English language and its cultural significance from earliest times to today.

Filip Zahariev, student

English Studies


The English Studies programme combines the academic study of literature and linguistics, ultimately leading to specialisation in one of these disciplines. Through research and critical thinking about texts from many eras and genres, you will learn to develop, articulate and defend your ideas clearly and with confidence.
Although all courses are conducted in English and require a level of proficiency comparable to that expected at a university in an English-speaking country, we consider the diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds of our students to be an enriching aspect of the programme. Since its beginning in 2007, the programme has attracted students from all over the world, with as many as 40 different first languages represented in a single year-group. Malmö is itself a vibrantly cosmopolitan city with English as one of the many languages spoken here.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%


What is English Studies about?

English Studies reflects our faculty’s research and the breadth of current scholarship. As is standard in Swedish higher education, the bachelor's programme comprises both linguistic and literary components. This combination fosters a sophisticated awareness of how language is structured and used in a range of social contexts.

Language is our main form of communication. Mostly, we use it effortlessly, unaware of its intricacy and uniqueness, which is why linguistics aims to understand how language works, through grammar, phonetics, and semantics, using tools such as corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis. You will learn to make detailed analyses of language data and examine socially relevant aspects of language use, as well as explain how language is used to communicate ideas, exert power, and build solidarity.

Literature is often written to entertain, but can it also shape society? Literary studies aims to familiarise students with poetry, drama and prose from the Renaissance to today, enhancing their understanding of how texts are constructed, how we respond to them, and how they relate to historical contexts and other art forms. By using a range of critical frameworks, you will learn to relate textual details to issues such as identity, beauty, and politics.

Our teaching focuses on student participation and production. In lectures, writing labs, seminars, and supervision, you will learn to approach problems creatively and critically. You will read, discuss, analyse and write in a variety of discourses and genres. Academic writing classes will instruct you in formal writing, and you will have the opportunity to develop your own work in elective creative writing courses. Other courses incorporate learning by doing, allowing you to gain insight into forms and techniques by trying them out for yourself.

International setting

English Studies at Malmö University is set in an international context, drawing a culturally diverse student body to Sweden’s most cosmopolitan city. English is the lingua franca both in and out of the classroom, as well as for navigating and socialising in Malmö.

Malmö University’s vision

Malmö University envisions a world where diversity, knowledge and creativity are put to use for a sustainable society. English Studies aids this by training students to be critically engaged citizens. As language is the medium of social organisation, we see the analytic skills honed in English Studies as essential to a democratic polity.


Our students gain skills applicable to a range of careers, including media (journalism, publishing, TV, radio, film), teaching, business and administration. You will learn to analyse, evaluate, and create texts — transferable skills that are sought after by employers who value clear arguments, logical analysis, careful management of complex information, creative solutions and the use of initiative in conducting research. The bachelor's programme provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in linguistics or literature, creative writing, and teaching, along with other fields.




Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2020

Programme Code:
HGENS revision 15
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
11 March 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2016
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
11 March 2016

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


The bachelor's programme in English Studies aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary English scholarship while simultaneously reflecting the research interests of the faculty. The programme is therefore designed around current understandings of the theory and practice of language and literature in their various social forms.

In linguistics, we emphasise fields such as phonetics, sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis, along with how the English language has developed as a global language of communication. In literary studies, the focus is the study of language-centred cultural production in general, particularly with regards to narrative, relations between text and image, and literary and cultural theory. Specific attention is also given to examining how power operates through language, concentrating especially on gender, class, and ethnicity/race, but also on how technology and aesthetics contribute to contemporary understandings of the world. This mix of subjects and perspectives enables the student to develop a sophisticated, critical consciousness and an awareness of the ways in which language is structured and used for different purposes in a range of contexts. In addition to literature, these contexts comprise visual communication, art, music, advertising, and span the emerging global-technological cultures of the English-speaking world.

The programme emphasises the student's own written and oral production, and offers the student the opportunity to include performing arts and creative writing into the curriculum, thus merging critical and creative thinking. English Studies students gain skills that are applicable to a broad range of career opportunities, including teaching, media (for instance editing, publishing, journalism, advertising, TV, radio, and film), as well as business and administration. Students learn to analyse, evaluate, and create a wide range of texts. These transferable skills are favoured by employers who place a high value on: the construction of clearly expressed arguments; the logical presentation and analysis of ideas; the production of creative solutions; the competent management of large amounts of complex information; and the use of initiative in conducting independent research.

The programme provides a suitable foundation for graduate studies in English, creative writing, teaching, and other fields, both in Europe and abroad.



For programme with start Autumn 2020:
Autumn 2020 - Semester 1
Spring 2021 - Semester 2
Autumn 2021 - Semester 3
Spring 2022 - Semester 4
  • See comment below
Autumn 2022 - Semester 5
  • See comment below
Spring 2023 - Semester 6
In the final semester of the programme, it is compulsory for the students to select either the literary or linguistics option.

During semester four and five, students take elective courses, with the possibility of completing these at universities abroad.

Terms one, two and six are part of the main field of study and are compulsory for a degree in English Studies

Learning outcomes

First-cycle courses and study programmes shall develop:

  • the ability of students to make independent and critical assessments;
  • the ability of students to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously; and
  • the preparedness of students to deal with changes in working life.
In addition to knowledge and skills in English, students shall develop the ability to:
  • gather and interpret information at a scholarly level;
  • stay abreast of the development of knowledge; and
  • communicate their knowledge to others, including those who lack specialist knowledge in English.
Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in English Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including: knowledge of the field's disciplinary foundation, understanding of applicable methodologies in the field, specialised study in some aspect of the field; and awareness of current research issues.
Competencies and skills
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in English Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to search for, gather, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information for a formulated problem, as well as the ability to discuss phenomena, issues and situations critically;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously and to complete tasks within predetermined time frames;
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in speech and writing, as well as in dialogue with different audiences; and
  • demonstrate the skills required to work autonomously in their main field of study.
Evaluation and approach
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in English Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in their main field of study, informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues;
  • demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and the responsibility of the individual for how knowledge is used; and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify needs for further knowledge and ongoing learning.


Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies.

Other Information

The language of instruction is English.

Progression requirements within the programme:
To continue studies from term one to term two: 15 credits from term one.
To continue studies from term two to term three: 30 credits from term one.
To start the final term of the programme: 150 credits (exceptions may be granted for students who have 90 credits from term one to term three).


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Enquiries about the programme should be directed to K3student@mah.se.

If you have questions about admissions, requirements or documentation, please contact the Admissions Office at Malmö University, admissions@mah.se / +46 40 665 75 00.

If you need study or career guidance related to the programme, please contact Student and Career Advisor Viktoria Brännström (viktoria.brannstrom@mah.se).


31 August 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 78500 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 235000 SEK

31 August 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 78500 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 235000 SEK

02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 70000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 210000 SEK

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 70000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 210000 SEK