School of Social Sciences
BA in English
The Bachelor of Arts Programme in English officially
commenced in the Fall 2018. The notion of opening an English Language
Department at the University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr arose from the recognition
that, whereas hundreds of students complete bachelor degrees in English
Language Departments, graduates typically do not exhibit the skills that degree
holders in English should have acquired. In addition to the critical demand for
these skills in Kurdistan’s labour market, graduates with a BA in English
deserve to attain mastery in areas that a universal degree in English entails.
This particularly includes the need for offering the core competencies that
define what a BA in English is. In this regard, a Programme that responds to
both the demands of the local market and the requirements laid by reputable
international bodies is rendered necessary. To meet the latter and among a
range of international models, the standards set by the British Quality
Assurance Agency for Higher Education - BA in English were taken as the basis
for both developing the Programme modules as well as the final outcome
Tailored as a comprehensive yet meticulous degree, the
Programme expects to attract students who want to be marketable across a broad
range of employability areas in Kurdistan’s workforce, with an eye on gaining
an exceptionally high level of English proficiency. Students will be challenged
through a multidisciplinary four-year degree Programme to acquire skills that
give them a significant advantage in competing in today’s job market.
Observing the general academic standards set by the
British Quality Assurance Agency for a BA in English, the degree covers a wide
range of interdisciplinary areas within English, including English literature
and linguistics, teaching English as a foreign language, and translation.
Therefore, the Programme enables students to gain knowledge and skills in these
domains. Moreover, the Programme provides sufficient opportunities for
practical academic and professional tutoring whereby students choose one or
more offered sub-areas and engage in on-the-job training through practicums and
The BA Programme in English is a 4-year integrated
Programme which covers a wide range of areas within the scientific discipline
of English. It is a comprehensive Programme covering these main areas:
linguistics, literature, translation and interpretation, and teaching English
as a foreign/second language. In addition to taking a variety of modules in
each of these areas, in their later stages in the Programme, students will have
the opportunity to take electives focusing on one or two specialized areas.
Some modules offered in the Programme include: Study
Skills and Critical Thinking, Cross-Cultural Communication, Academic Debate
& Public Speaking, Professional Writing, Second Language Acquisition, English Teaching
Methodologies, Syllabus Design and Material Development, Linguistics,
Sociolinguistics, World Englishes, a number of sequential modules in English
literature, Journalistic Translation, Consecutive Interpreting
and Simultaneous Interpreting. Moreover,
students will be taking internships in teaching and interpreting in their final
year of studies.
The BA in English Programme utilizes an unprecedented
approach to developing key skills that will be of considerable importance
across academic and professional landscapes, and which will also be crucial to
the growth of individuals as independent life-long learners.
The Programme structure, content, and method of
delivery provides a distinctive and much-needed degree option for students.
Graduates will possess the disciplinary knowledge, cognitive and communication
skills, and intellectual values needed for further academic achievement or
success in a wide range of professions. Specifically, the Programme prepares
students in the following ways:
will have a well-grounded understanding of mutually illuminating areas of
knowledge in English;
will have a set of sophisticated, flexible, critically needed verbal and
written communication skills, particularly those necessary for successfully
engaging a digitized, interconnected world;
will have a mind-set that enables them to confidently and critically engage
information, assess it comprehensively, and create substantive, well-supported
responses in a wide range of situations.
Overall, the BA in English at UKH is structured in a
way that covers the principal areas of English as a discipline and as set by
the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), but also in response to the
peculiarity of the local market in Kurdistan. This rationale for this approach
is also due to the realization that to be competitive in the modern job market,
individuals need to have acquired courses and materials that make them flexible
and independent. In parallel to obtaining their formal qualification (i.e. a BA
in English) which is designed to be a comprehensive Programme, students will
undergo an intense training in which they specialize in specific areas within
the discipline. Therefore, upon graduation, they can seek employment in a
variety of public and private sectors. They will be equipped to be effective
English teachers, translators and interpreters with on-the-job training
experience, work as editors and waiters in media agencies, or can choose to
explore further academic opportunities in linguistics or literature.
Since this Programme aims at developing a set of
unique skills which will include transferrable skills and applicable across a
wide range of domains, all the Programme’s modules incorporate a number of
testing strategies and techniques to ensure the acquisition of these skills.
Students will be assessed through both integrative (such as essays,
presentations, participation, debates, reports, group activities, projects,
etc.) and formal written, and oral examination methods (regular exams and
school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general
high school score of 60% and above.
English language requirement is 47 in Versant (Conditional Offer); 40 in PTE, 5.0 in IELTS or 55 in
- School Entrance Test
- Interview to
discuss background, motivation, and career plans.
Applicants dismissed for any reason from any
university, school or college will not be considered.
Offer may be given to applicants who submit the required minimum score from
Versant English Placement Test - Pearson.
***Notice: For AY 2021-22 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.
$3,000 per academic year