The bachelor's degree in English Studies at the University of Barcelona provides training in comprehension and expression in English in different registers and contexts, as well as knowledge of the meta language, terminology, concepts and methods needed to describe and analyse the English language and its literary and cultural manifestations.
This bachelor's degree in English Studies at the University of Barcelona provides a mastery of the English language and an advanced understanding of literary texts written in English, from different periods, genres and cultural backgrounds. It offers students the chance to acquire fundamental knowledge of applied linguistics and how to use it in various fields related to the English language. It provides the skills to work in international and multicultural environments. It equips students with the ability to reflect, engage in abstract and critical thinking, synthesize, and apply knowledge. It provides the expertise to recognize, assess and apply a variety of linguistic, literary and cultural paradigms. It provides fundamental knowledge of applied linguistics and how it pertains to various fields related to the English language. It provides knowledge of English-language literary texts from different periods, genres and cultural settings, as well as basic knowledge of applied linguistics and of how to use it in different fields related to the English language.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Philology and Communication
Branch of knowledge
  • Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery


Number of places available


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionEnglish 100%
Admission grade


6.516 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo

Natalia Judith Laso

Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


  • The skills to work in different international and multicultural environments.
  • Analytical, critical and summary skills, and the abilities to put the knowledge learnt into practice and evaluate emerging approaches to professional issues.
  • English language competence and contrastive analysis of English.
  • The identifying features of different linguistic, literary and cultural models in English, and their professional applications.
  • The basic principles of applied linguistics in different English language fields.
  • The features of English language literary texts in different genres, periods of history and cultural contexts.
  • Professional respect for individual and collective diversity.


General competences

  • Communicative ability (the ability to understand and express oneself orally and in writing in Catalan, Spanish, and a third language, mastering specialised language/the ability to search, use, disseminate, and integrate information).
  • Mastery of new information and communication technologies and information management skills.
  • Ethical commitment (critical and self-critical capacity/ability to demonstrate attitudes consistent with ethical and deontological conceptions).
  • Teamwork (the ability to collaborate with fellow colleagues and contribute to a common project/ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams).

Specific competences

  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English at a level compatible with the professional world.
  • Demonstrate the ability to linguistically describe the English language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of writers from different eras, literary genres, and cultural environments of English-speaking countries.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary criticism and intellectual paradigms in the anglophone context.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

What you will need:

  • Solid language skills (general reading and writing skills, and listening and speaking in an academic context).
  • The ability to work towards individual and group goals.
  • Critical and reasoning skills, the ability to relate concepts and extrapolate from these, and summary and analytical skills.
  • Memory, reading culture and personal interest in intellectual development.
  • Interest in language and literature.
  • Knowledge of the language and literature in which you wish to specialize, of other languages that will be related to the study of these and of IT tools at a user level.
  • Knowledge of English (level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or its equivalent).


Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information



Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 144
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Pathways and specializations

English Studies
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information


Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

  • Higher education and research in language and literature.
  • Non-university education.
  • Public administration.
  • Publishing and cultural management.
  • Language assessment and planning.
  • Translation.
  • The mass media.
  • Cultural consultancy.
  • Professional sectors related to the practice of creative writing and art and literary criticism.
  • Language mediation in intercultural, business and interprofessional contexts.

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Contact us

Faculty of Philology and Communication

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585 - 08007 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 035 584 | 83

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