Triangle Skip to content
Exit nav
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

The University of Nottingham Malaysia has a very successful English School and is known globally for its international quality of teaching and research. The English School began its operation in 2013 and offers two high-quality undergraduate degrees: English Language and Literature & English with Creative Writing. Teaching and research areas within the School include various types of applied linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, 18th and 19th-Century literature, modern British and American literatures, world literatures in English, literary linguistics, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, metaphor studies, discourse analysis and creative writing.

Why choose this course?

This programme explores psychological and cognitive approaches to language, navigates its aesthetic and stylistic aspects, and interprets both timeless classics and contemporary works in relation to their social and historical context.

Students will develop high-level creative and analytical skills for effective communication, whether in an academic or professional setting.


Core Modules

This module offers an introduction to key issues and skills in the discipline for those making the transition to studying English at the university level in the School of English at UNM. Whereas the other modules necessarily concentrate your attention within closely defined disciplinary boundaries (with a focus that is essential to learning specific skills and acquiring specialist knowledge), this module emphasizes points of intersection between the diverse disciplines contained within the study of English. Taught in small groups, students are encouraged to explore critically and reflectively what it means to be a student of English, and are supported in developing a toolkit of study, writing, critical thinking, theory, research and communication skills which can be transferred to other modules.

This introductory module allows students to gain a broad and basic understanding of linguistics as an academic discipline. It is designed to equip students for further studies in the field of linguistics as a whole, and to develop individual specialisms in the future. Ideally, students should be well prepared to become more specialised in any of the areas covered, and take initial interests further. At the end of this module, students should be able to define the discipline, and the main pre-occupations of its sub-fields. Students will be expected to have developed an understanding of linguistic contrasts, from the phonological to the pragmatic level, and of the types of analyses open to students of those fields. This module introduces students to the core areas of linguistics, discourse, language acquisition, and pragmatics, focusing on several broad areas pertaining to linguistics and its methodological issues in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

This module introduces students to some of the core skills for literary studies, including skills in reading, writing, researching and presentation. The module addresses topics including close reading, constructing an argument, and handling critical material, as well as introducing students to key critical questions about literary genres, production and reception. These elements are linked to readings of specific literary texts, focused on poetry and prose selected from the 20th and 21st century literature. 

This module examines the influence of English as an international language. It provides students with an overview of the historical, literary, and social development of English including its spread as a global language through the processes of colonisation and globalisation. It also considers how English continues to evolve in the 20th and 21st centuries as an international lingua franca and focuses on its prominent role in global communications and as a resource for the shaping of identities and knowledge across the world. This module draws from a range of analytical approaches including historical linguistics, stylistics, sociolinguistics, multimodality, and globalisation theories.

This is a full-year module that introduces students to a range of core texts in the literary canon from the medieval to 21st century. It aims to provide students with a background to the history of English literature and drama, and provide a broad overview of the key developments in terms of genre, subject matter, style and reception. Students will explore a range of texts including Beowulf and Dream of the Rood, and works from authors including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wycherley, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Dickens, Wilde, and Virginia Woolf to twenty-first century novel and poetry. The authors will be situated within their socio-historic context, and we will consider the relationship between culture, history and literature.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules.

Core Modules

This module explores the relationship between discourse and society. It considers the vital role that discourse plays in various communicative domains including healthcare, business, politics, law, the media, advertising and education. You will be introduced to frameworks for examining various types of discourse and communication strategies, including multi-modal approaches that examine the visual aspects of texts, as well as a range of contemporary approaches to discourse analysis. The domains of law, politics, healthcare, advertising, the media, business and education offer a rich resource for discourse-based studies of society and enable you to discover the uses of communicative strategies in specific social settings. For example, you will have the opportunity to analyse a range of socially-situated texts, including political speeches, police interrogations, classroom meetings, business and medical communication. 

This module provides students with knowledge of the interplay between language and gender in a wide range of linguistic contexts. Students will engage with a range of analytical approaches to language, including conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics. Students will respond to and critically engage with contemporary real-world problems associated with gender and sexuality through the consideration of discourse-based texts. Topics will include gender and sexual identity construction in a range of interactive contexts, as well as sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and heteronormative representations in texts. Students will engage with theories of gender from the 1970s to the current day, with particular focus on contemporary approaches to gender theory. The assessment will include collaborative group work in which students actively engage with a current political issue, and an individual theoretical essay or analytical project. 

This module bridges the study of literature and the study of language, and offers training in the discipline of literary linguistics, also known as stylistics. The emphasis is on the analysis of linguistic and narratological aspects of literary texts in order to show their linguistic patterns and provide an account of their readerly effects, significance, meaning and value. The module offers an opportunity for specialisation in preparation for level 3 modules in the modern English language, particularly in the areas of stylistics, cognitive poetics and narratology.

This module will familiarise students with relevant aesthetic, generic, and literary-historical strategies for tracing formal and thematic transformations in literature from 1910 to 1960. Moving between genres, the module will unfold chronologically from modernism, through the inter-war and post-war years. Lectures and seminars will address some key phases of creative transition, while also focusing on the work of representative novelists, poets, and dramatists. This combination of overview and textual scrutiny will encourage students to explore influences and affinities between writers working in different modes and periods. Weekly topics will primarily be concerned with mapping literary formations and innovations within the artistic and cultural contexts from which they emerge, while also addressing the wider aesthetic and ideological significances of issues such as class reformation, gender identity, racial integration, and social belonging.

This module enables the students to explore the wide variety of Victorian and fin-de-siècle literature, with examples from fiction (both novels and short stories), critical writing, poetry and drama. It examines changes in literary forms and genres over this period. It pays some attention to the contested transition between Victorianism and Modernism. The module is organised in terms of a number of interrelated themes, which may include empire and race, class and labour relations, gender and sexuality, decadence and aestheticism, religious faith and doubt, and evolution and degeneration. Students are encouraged to consider issues of genre and make connections between the ways these themes are represented and explored in specific literary works, and larger changes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century social, political, intellectual and publishing culture.

This module aims to introduce the global varieties of modern and contemporary literature translated into the English language. It will offer an insight into some of the theoretical frameworks that have been used to interpret and critique texts in the world literature. We mainly read texts which are not typically considered as British or American literature. By looking at what is considered a key ‘classical’ text in different literary traditions, the module investigates relations between different literary and cultural contexts, including some of the difficulties of translation. This course will also introduce students to some of the intellectual aspects of literary analysis and criticism associated with world literatures translated into English Language. The module is taught in English and the texts will be read in translation. The texts are selected from a wide range of languages and cultures, written, for example, by Arab, African, Russian, Latin-American, Iberian, Indian, French, and Turkish authors.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules.

Core Modules

British’ is here conceived as an inclusive concept, open to contestation and available for appropriation (as in ‘Black British’). Key texts from the 1950s up to the present day will be selected for study. Particular issues will set the agenda, including: representations of history, gender, ethnicity, the state-of-the-nation, national identity, formal innovation etc. The discussion will concentrate on the formal operations and innovations of selected novelists, and will be underpinned by a consideration of how the contemporary context influences these questions of form. 

This module examines approaches to the description of patterns and structures of the English language. It introduces grammatical models with a focus on the relationship between patterns and meanings in context. The module will explore differences between grammatical descriptions of spoken and written language, it will investigate the interplay of lexis and grammar, and it will ask what kind of generalisations about the English language can usefully form the basis for reference grammar. The module gives particular emphasis to approaches that are informed by evidence of language use and it will explore the applicability of these approaches to examples of language in context, particularly in terms of varieties of World English in the local context.

This module offers an in-depth exploration of the historical and theatrical contexts of early modern English drama. Drawing on the most innovative and provocative works by Shakespeare and some of his key contemporaries (Marlowe, Kyd, Middleton, Jonson, Webster, and others), this module invites students to explore the three-dimensional stagecraft of these writers. Lectures will introduce the physical environments of the first professional indoor and outdoor theatres, the political and institutional contexts that shaped dramatic production, and the conditions of performance for which dramatists wrote, seeing early modern playwriting as a vibrant and collaborative process. Through a combination of historical research, close reading and creative exploration in workshops, students will build confidence in analysing the ways in which the extant texts imply and provoke performance, and draw on these knowledge bases in written assessments. The module will be delivered through lectures and seminars: the seminars will, on the one hand, give further practice in close reading and equip students with the skills necessary for reading early modern material fluently, and on the other, encourage examination of the assumptions made in contextual readings, to enable students to develop their own critical voice and authority.

This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in sociolinguistics, a wide-ranging knowledge of approaches to and theories of sociolinguistic phenomena, and the opportunity to engage in their own investigations of these issues with skills of practical investigation, data-collection, processing, and the presentation and interpretation of data in a sociolinguistic context.

Typical optional modules

This module allows students to carry out a major piece of supervised independently researched work in an area relating to English Language and Literature. Work for this module is based upon a research topic chosen by the student. The dissertation encourages students to develop a critical argument within a sustained piece of writing, as well as demonstrate the necessary skills of planning and presenting a research project. 

This module explores the Malaysian variety of English sometimes colloquially referred to as Manglish. However, it recognises that the variety under study is extremely heterogeneous, comprising in fact several potential varieties with a number of different substrates. The data are taken from a number of sources in Malaysia, including advertisements, literature, radio broadcasts, television shows and plays. The module encourages students to directly engage in data collection and analysis. In so doing, the participants directly add to the existing literature on Malaysian English, while also situating their study in the general field of World Englishes. This can be done particularly via the rather more extensive work on Singapore English, which while not identical, nevertheless shares a number of features. The students directly engage in the debates surrounding good English and the accompanying movement of that name; they also explore questions of language convergence and divergence.

This module explores the writings of several Malaysian writers who have emerged since mid-20th century, and especially after Malaysian Independence. The module encourages students to directly engage in literary analysis of the poetry and fiction produced by several Malaysian authors and poets. In so doing, the students directly contribute to the existing critical research on Malaysian literature in English, while also situating their studies in the general field of World Englishes. 

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

A Level

BBB, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

IB Diploma

30 points with 5,5,5 at Higher Level.


BBB, excluding Pengajian Am.


2 As and 3 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and the Chinese language.

SAM or other Australian matriculations

ATAR 86 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).
Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 79% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University’s requirements.
Advance Placement (AP) 4, 4, 4 in relevant subjects.
Diploma - Other Institutions Acceptance to the second year is on a case-by-case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects.
Foundation - Other Institutions Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects.
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education programme.


We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we are also reviewing and accepting grades based on the minimum acceptable (and those who are holding grades with near misses). The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


90 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C


CEFR level B2

GCSE O-Level:

grade C / 4

IGCSE (first language):

grade C / 4

IGCSE (second language):

grade B / 6


Band 4.5


grade A2

IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Standard Level):

5 points

IELTS ,TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Foundation progression options

The Foundation in Arts and Education is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, communication, critical thinking and study skills.

Students in this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as politics, the world economy, media and education.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Supervision
  • Practical classes

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Essay
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Reflective review


Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for undergraduate courses.

How to apply


Malaysian studentsRM29,700 per year
International studentsRM35,500 per year

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


The creative, analytical and communication skills developed during an English degree will help the students face readily the changing demands of the 21st-century workplace. English graduates have a range of career choices open to them.

When studying for a degree at Nottingham University Business School, whichever direction you decide to take, we will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in your career. Our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers. Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students. The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, Highfliers Research).

Job Opportunities include freelance writing, teaching, translation, copywriting, broadcasting, business, communications, the creative industries, government service, human resources, journalism, law, lecturing, management, marketing, public relations, publishing, and research in humanities. Some students may choose to undertake postgraduate study or teacher training.

Frequently asked questions

While students are considered on an individual basis, they will generally need a pre-university qualification, such as a minimum of BBB in their A Level or STPM for this course. For students who have just completed their secondary or high school, the Foundation in Arts and Education offers a direct entry pathway to this programme.

The course curriculum is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both English language and literature.

You will have the opportunity to study various aspects of language, including grammar, syntax, phonetics, and sociolinguistics. You will also explore different literature genres, for example, poetry, drama, and prose, and analyse literary works from various periods and cultures.

Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature jobs include professions in writing, publishing, editing, journalism, teaching, research, and various roles in the media industry. Additionally, this course is also designed to develop critical thinking, communication and analytical skills that are highly transferable and valued in diverse fields.

Yes, we encourage our students to broaden their horizons and gain international exposure. As such, UNM  has a study abroad programme where students can spend a semester or more at their UK or China campuses.

Yes, this course provides a solid foundation for further studies at the postgraduate level. You can consider pursuing an English Language and Literature MA or English with Creative Writing MA at the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Yes, there are scholarships and financial assistance available for deserving students at UNM.

This content was last updated on 14 May 2024. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.