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Modern Languages

Courses with Modern Language as an option

What do we offer?

The great thing about Linguistics and Modern Languages is the variety and flexibility of the courses we offer. Study English Language on its own or together in combination with a modern language, or with English Literature, or with Creative Writing. All our courses also offer you the opportunity of a work placement in your second year and the chance to study abroad for part of your degree.

Whatever you choose, your study will be practical, which means studying real language in its wider social context. And you will be taught by staff whose research and professional expertise is of the highest quality. This is one of the reasons why our courses are consistently praised by external examiners.

Based on our areas of expertise in language, linguistics, intercultural communication, and politeness, our courses are designed to ensure that they offer students the best and most innovative of learning experiences.

Real-world experience

With the second-year Work-Related Project module you have the chance to gain graduate-level experience for six weeks in a variety of environments. Some of our students have already gained real world experience in primary and secondary school classrooms, or working for publishing houses.

You could also consider studying abroad as part of the ERASMUS programme. You can spend a term at one of our partner universities in Europe where you join classes – all taught in English – and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with the universities of Athens, Bern, Ghent, Granada, Hanover and Porto. We’d also encourage you to take some credits studying another language to enhance your experience.

Study a modern Language

Our Modern Languages Centre offers a range of languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • British Sign Language
  • Professional English (for non-native speakers)

Our courses also help you develop an understanding of the culture and customs of the countries where your chosen language is used. We have excellent resources to help your language learning, including digital satellite TV with access to stations from all over the world. Our self-access Studio is also equipped with dictionaries, magazines and newspapers, reference books and audio-visual aids in a multitude of languages.

Whether you are a beginner or have some proficiency, our courses are flexible and there are different ways we can help you build your language skills:

As part of your degree programme – for credits

  • As a minor subject in some course programmes, making up one third of your course.
  • As a study option in some course programmes, taking one language class per week.
  • Please ask your main course tutor if it is possible to study a language module for credits towards your degree.

Separate from your degree programme – not for credits

  • As an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student, you can register independently with the Modern Languages Centre as part of the University Languages Programme. You will be asked to pay a deposit of £75 which will be returned upon successful achievement.

As a postgraduate research student – not for credits

  • If you are a postgraduate research student you can study a language alongside your research degree for no extra cost.

As an associate student

  • If you are not a student at the University you can also enrol with us on a part-time basis. The fee for this is £330 for one academic year.

To apply

Please download and complete the application form and either post it to the address at the bottom of the form or email it to:

Contact us

For more detailed information on how you can integrate languages into your studies, please contact:

Dr Malcolm Pollard – Head of Linguistics & Modern Languages

Tel - +44 (0)1484 472386           


For more information on how you can study independently outside of your degree programme, please contact:

Jodi Gregory – University Languages Programme Coordinator


For general enquiries about language study please email:


Be in demand

Studying English will provide you with a range of transferable skills and the all-important employability factor. It is a well-respected subject area which teaches research and analytical skills with the ability to communicate orally and in writing and employers appreciate that.

Indeed, our latest statistics show that in 2011/12 over 94% of our graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduation. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, advertising, publishing, arts administration, librarianship, social work, town planning and management at such places as Emerald Publishing, the BBC, Ernst and Young, and Lloyds Banking Group.

In addition to the work placement opportunities available to you on our courses, the Careers and Employability Service at the University is there to help you gain skills and experience that could be relevant to your studies or just be an opportunity to develop transferable skills that employers look for in graduates. The Service also offers career development workshops and careers fairs. These are a great way of making contacts with both local and national companies.

Based on our areas of expertise in language, linguistics, intercultural communication, and politeness, our courses are designed to ensure that they offer students the best and most innovative of learning experiences.

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