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Modern languages

Undergraduate courses starting in 2020

Languages are passports to life, enabling you to become a global citizen. You’ll foster communication and broaden your knowledge of cultures and perspectives.

The study of foreign languages enables you to pursue many job opportunities both here in the UK and overseas. You will be able to read, write, listen and speak in your chosen languages.

You will study two languages during your degree. You must choose one advanced-level language from:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Plus a second advanced-level language or any one of the following ab initio (beginner) languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

We believe that your learning will be at its best through immersion in your chosen language. For this reason you will spend your third year abroad and we teach many of the final year units in the target language.

We have expertise on the present issues facing Europe and beyond. You will study the culture and explore the history and values of your countries of study.



The awards, accolades and league table rankings for this subject.

‘I love the University and the city. I think our teachers are so motivated and enthusiastic, and they really transfer their passion for the languages and the culture onto us.’
Harriet Woodman BA Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) (2020)