Modern Languages

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Modern Languages degrees

Joint degrees

Welcome to Modern Languages at Leicester

Learning another language is a fantastic way of broadening your horizons. To speak another language is to understand another culture, to know another history and to better appreciate your own linguistic and cultural contexts. It is also an unparalleled way of increasing your employability and puts you ahead of those candidates with similar ambitions who are monolingual.

At Leicester we ensure that you do not simply speak new words but comprehend new meaning. In order to achieve this, our language classes are taught predominantly by native speakers who therefore have colloquial insight into the languages they teach and the cultures they represent. Meanwhile, the wide range of cultural studies modules that you will be able to choose from are taught by tutors who are experts in their respective areas of knowledge.

Our broad-ranging course options mean that we can offer degrees that include thought-provoking modules from directly within the fields that encompass modern language studies, as well as degrees that allow you to combine the study of Modern Languages with other subjects from the humanities and social sciences including English, Politics, Management and Law.

Our research specialisms include:

  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • And the study of culture and communication.

All of these are areas of expertise in an already impressive knowledge base across a wide range of fundamental language topics.

Why choose Modern Languages at Leicester?

For all undergraduate (BA) degrees in Modern Languages

  • Places: 75
  • Applications: 317
  • League tables: 6th (Guardian)
  • Employability: 97%
  • NSS: 92% overall satisfaction

Detailed entry requirements

  • We offer a fully-funded Summer School abroad after the first year, allowing you to immerse yourself in a different culture and language. The Summer School really enhances your confidence and linguistic skills – great preparation for your year abroad.
  • In the last National Student Survey (NSS), 100% of students agreed on the intellectually stimulating character of their course. Since the start of the NSS, our different languages have repeatedly been voted into first place.
  • Our members of staff are at the forefront of their research fields, evidenced in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, which rated 90% of the School research as internationally significant.
  • Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.
  • Want to learn even more languages? Languages at Leicester is an in-house, extracurricular scheme offering you the chance to study European and non-European languages, including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Russian and Arabic.
  • Our Modern Languages Society organises acadmeic and social events includes film screenings, nights out, guest speakers, language-themed nights, sports events and a weekend getaway to Paris.

Course opportunities

In your first year you will have three weeks on a fully-funded summer school exploring the language and culture of France, Italy or Spain.

You will spend your third year abroad at one of our many partner universities in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada or Mexico.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Language skills are taught in small groups, predominantly by native speakers. Our courses stress the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy, and oral skills are highly valued.

Cultural studies modules are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts.
The use of online tutorials and exercises on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment, allows us to include interactive training in our courses and to facilitate learning in specific areas such as essay writing and grammatical terminology.

You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams at the end of each semester. While final year work is most heavily weighted in determining the degree class, your achievements during your second year and your year abroad are also taken into account.

Career opportunities

  • In most cases your Year Abroad can include teaching assistantships as well as work placements.
  • Our annual Careers Week includes seminars exploring diverse career paths. Speakers have come from European embassies and the EU.
  • You will have a tailored Personal Development Plan outlining your actions and goals which is supported by your Personal Tutor.

Employment

Previous graduates have found jobs with: Anglo French Adjusters Ltd, Comunidad de Madrid, Dachser, ESA Market Research, Mercedes Benz and Financial Services, Hibu UK Ltd, Spanish Ministry of Education, RBS, Unilever

Postgraduate study

Previous graduates have gone on to study: Finance; Human Rights and Global Ethics; Journalism; PGCE; Translation Studies

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