BA Programme

The English Studies BA programme
at the Institute of English and American Studies (IEAS) of PPCU

Last update: 12/02/2021

  1. Overview
  2. Entry requirements
  3. Programme structure
  4. Timing your courses
  5. Learning, assessment and communication
  6. Study abroad
  7. Careers and professional development
  8. Start date
  9. Duration
  10. Language
  11. Admission information


If you are open minded and curious about the English-speaking cultures of the world, if you love reading and writing, watching films and theatre in English – even if you cannot imagine a career for yourself yet, Pázmány’s English BA is the programme for you! Here you will study English literature throughout history, from the early Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, to contemporary sonnets and graphic novels, and also, how the English language developed over time. You will study texts and explore their historical, cultural and social contexts, the way we humans live, create and react. You can immerse in what you already love, and discover what interests you the most. You will observe the ways cultures, themes, principles, techniques work – so that you will be able to put all this, your critical thinking, to good use when it comes creating your own powerful texts.

  • The Pázmány English Studies BA programme is a six-semester course in the heart of our artistically and culturally vibrant capital, Budapest, conducted entirely in English.
  • The programme is structured to base and develop your knowledge in literary and cultural studies, help to find and study what you love, take the first steps towards independent research.
  • Besides the literary and linguistics subjects, you will have language classes to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Our English BA will help you articulate your thoughts in informative and formal/academic speech and writing.
  • The programme runs with lectures (frontal teaching, talks delivered by the instructor) and seminars (small class where weekly preparation and active in-class participation, group and project work is required) which provides efficiency and a chance to have personal relations with professors, opportunities to meet and co-operate with peers.

Entry requirements

  • For being admitted to Pázmány’s English Studies BA programme, you must pass a matura exam. More info.

Programme structure

The 6-semester, 180-credit programme is comprised of three main parts, two language competence exams and the writing of a thesis paper. Part I is devoted to general subjects, Part II is the body of English Studies instruction, and Part III is made up of specializations/minors. In a system in which a course (typically 90 minutes per week) is usually “worth” 3 credits, you will have to pass cca. 60 courses to receive the certificate of studies (“absolutorium”) before the final exam. The Language Basic and Language Proficiency Exams (at the end of the 1st and 3rd years, respectively) are there to ensure that only the best will receive Pázmány’s diploma.

Part I (12 credits)

  • general subjects to widen your horizon
  • you may take up these subjects any time during the programme, but the earlier the better

Part II
(cca. 100 credits)

  • for the recommended structure of studies please check the Table of Courses
  • foundation courses (semesters 1-2., altogether cca. 30 credits): besides language classes you must start with Introduction to Literary Studies and Literary Theory and Introduction to Linguistics. Choose your further subjects (that do not require the 1st Year Basic Language Exam as a prerequisite) from Neptun or from this list
  • 1st Year Basic Language Exam: you must pass it at the end of year 1, as without it you cannot continue your studies. There are only two occasions to take it, so we do all we can to prepare you to pass it for the first time.
  • development courses (semesters 3-6, altogether 62 credits) of 4 compulsory modules:

i. literature module: consists of 4 lectures on the history of English and American literature. Each lecture is matched with a survey seminar to offer more immersive study and more time for discussion.

ii. linguistics module: consists of 3 lectures and 2 seminars that deal with the pronunciation, the structure, the history and the dialects of the English language.

iii. language module: consists of 5 language practice and 2 essay writing courses, to prepare you for the 3rd year Proficiency Exam.

iv. history and civilization module: consists of 2 lectures: the History of Britain and the History of the US, and 2 seminars which deal with British and American socio-cultural issues. These courses can be taken in semesters 1-2 as well.

  • linguistics OR literature elective tiers (12 credits)

i. pick your favourite: complete one of the tiers. (You can pick extra classes from the other tier, too.)

ii. linguistics tier: 6 courses must be chosen – useful if you plan to pursue a Theoretical Linguistics MA (in Hungarian only)

iii. literature tier: 6 courses must be chosen – useful if you plan to pursue an English Literary Studies MA

iv. general subject descriptions

v. courses that are offered in the current semester

  • 3rd Year Language Proficiency Exam

The final language competence exam is a prerequisite of your graduation.

Part III (60 credits)

  • Choose EITHER two specializations (2x25 credits) OR a minor study bloc (50 credits) AND top it with studying something extra (10 credits)
  • Out of the 3 English Studies specializations (25 credits each) choose two to explore new fields or get acquainted more deeply with English Studies:
    • Translation and literary translation
    • Irish, Canadian, Australian literature and culture
    • American studies
    • register in Neptun for either 2 specializations or one minor in semester 1!
  • You can choose another Pázmány major’s minor study bloc for 50 credits to taste what the other major is like – this will help you find your favourite Master’s.
  • As “something extra” (10 credits) you can choose any course from Pázmány’s palette!

Part IV Thesis preparation
(4-6 credits)

  • when you start working with your supervisor, you will have to register for a “Thesis writing” seminar in Neptun. Instead of weekly classes you will have regular one-to-one tutorials and you will be given a grade for the work you have done during the semester. (You do not need to complete or submit the thesis in order to receive a grade – the purpose is to set you off with your research.)
  • more about the writing of the thesis
  • supervisors and recommended topics
  • information on the Final Examination

Timing your courses

  • Do not forget to register for specializations/a minor study bloc in semester 1!
  • Your chosen minor study bloc (at another Department or Institute) can be started already from semester 2.
  • For any of the three English Studies specializations you need to pass the 1st Year Basic Language Exam, which means that the specializations start only from semester 3. Later changes are possible, but then you may not be able to finish within three years/6 semesters.
  • Check the number of credits:
    • in semesters 1-2 you must acquire 30 credits at least
    • in semesters 1-4 you must acquire 60 credits at least

Learning, assessment, communication

In accordance with Hungarian law, Pázmány’s method of instruction is based on lectures, seminars and consultations/tutorials. Learn how they differ to make the most of them.

  • Lecture – a weekly series of frontally delivered talks with a short Q&A session at the end, which provide an overview of what you are studying (with a variety of audio-visual tools). To obtain a grade you will have to register in Neptun for one of the oral or written exams in the exam period (6 weeks following the teaching period) and pass it by successfully answering 60% of the questions. Your weekly preparation is not vital; however, it is advised to start reading the assignments from the beginning of the semester. Assessment will be based on your exam. It is up to the lecturer whether they check your weekly presence or not. Always check the syllabus for the details of particular requirements, materials, schedule.
  • Seminar – weekly seminars in groups of 10-15 students, which enhances lively interaction amongst class members in an informal environment. Professors usually initiate and moderate discussions, facilitate learning by individual or group tasks, in-class activities, homework, tests, longer projects, etc. In order to obtain your grade, you need to come to each class well-prepared. Assessment must be done by the end of the teaching period based on your in-class activities and submitted works. According to the Faculty Exam Policy you are allowed to skip no more than 3 occasions per semester (for whatever reason – no need for medical papers). To plan your readings, absences, preparations and to see what is required for a grade, please consult the course’s syllabus (normally pass marks are given over 60% but courses may differ).
  • Tutorial / individual consultation – these personal occasions are there for you in case you need assistance or when you start working on your thesis. Always make individual arrangement prior to your meeting via email (not a Neptun message!).
  • Online resources – teaching materials and resources are made available on the course’s site, either on the Neptun MeetStreet (NMS), the Moodle or the MS Teams platform (check the syllabus for information). Make use of the 24-hour access to materials: preparing well for seminars is key to lively in-class activities and good grades.
  • Communication – the IEAS uses Neptun for grades and to communicate announcements to all students within the IEAS. Sometimes Neptun messages go astray, so please check your Spam folder regularly (and make sure you entered the email address you use anyway). Use email for official communication with the IEAS Secretary and with the professors. Within lecture and seminar groups official communication takes place on the platform chosen by the instructor (NMS, Moodle or MS Teams).
  • Feedback – the opportunity to discuss ideas and coursework with your instructors is an integral part of your studies at Pázmány: the last class in seminars is usually devoted to mutual feedback. More importantly, by giving gentle feedback on any kind of work, we help you work to the best of your abilities.

Study abroad

  • The IEAS has a wide variety of Erasmus partnerships with universities in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany – apply to spend a semester abroad as part of your degree! You will need an average of 60% or more in the first semester of your first year to be considered, and a grade average of 3.8 or higher. You will study approved modules, which will count towards your degree from Pázmány.

Careers and professional development

  • Instead of assigning a particular job or position, a BA degree in English proves your knowledgeability of the history, society and culture, political and social institutions of English-speaking countries. Moreover, it proves your ability to read, analyse and understand English language texts, and even produce English language texts in a variety of styles/registers for a variety of audiences.
  • Pázmány’s English BA degree shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, creative and hard-working individual who can co-operate and work in a team and can easily adjust their communicative skills to respond to challenges.
  • It proves that your command of English language is at least Level C1.
  • The Pázmány English Studies BA programme opens the door for you to continue your studies on MA level.

Start date: September

Duration: 6 semesters


  • language of instruction: English

11.      Admission information