The key to understanding another society is mastering its language.
From this starting point, you can examine a country's history, economy and culture; and by comparison you can learn more about our own society, history, economy and culture. The study of languages with business management is an exciting chance to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge that will equip you for a huge range of careers in Britain and abroad.
Our modern languages programmes are some of the broadest in the UK. Study one or two languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) and develop these to a high level. Complement your business management and language study with modules from an incredibly extensive and diverse selection of areas, such as literature, history, film, politics, society, translation and so on. Develop advanced language skills and a deep cultural understanding through true immersion on your Year Abroad.
“I chose to study at Birmingham as it is a beautiful and vibrant campus located in an exciting city. I picked the course for the variation in the content and the vast range of skills that would be gained from doing so. The outcome has been just that! No two days are the same doing the course; one day you can be number crunching for corporate finance, and the next reading poetry- it really is a course with a lot of variety. ”
At Birmingham, you’ll benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you’re a fully supported and active learner.
Our degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual, business and creative industries. The course is one of the broadest and diverse in the UK, allowing you to specialise more and more as you progress, culminating in a final-year dissertation that allows you to carry out in-depth, individually supervised research into topics of your choice. It is also a pathway within our BA Modern Languages degree programme.
Choose to specialise in one or two languages:
Single language choices:
Two languages choices:
The small print.
The degree programme is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad studying, teaching or working abroad before returning to Birmingham for your final year. Depending upon your chosen language(s), you may have the opportunity to participate in a subsidised one week escorted European Cultural Tour to a city in the country of your target language, or a subsidised trip to the city of Petrozavodsk in western Russia for an intensive four-week language programme from beginners in Russian.
Birmingham Business School is dynamic and internationally focused. We were the country’s first dedicated business school and we have strong links with local, national and global businesses such as Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young. As a result, our degree programmes retain a strong practical focus as well as exploring theoretical aspects.
- Outstanding staff in a strong department: Students give our staff excellent ratings: in 2014 98% agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 97% agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential. Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching.
- Superb employability rates: Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students. Amongst our 2013 cohort, 87% of Modern Languages and 94% of Business Management graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation – 80% and 95% respectively of those were in professional or managerial roles.
- Broad curriculum: You will benefit from an exceptionally diverse and flexible curriculum. In addition to your Business Management modules, choose one or two languages and from a wealth of modules covering history, politics, culture, society or skills such as translation and so on.
- Travel opportunities: All our language degrees involve time abroad – whether that’s on the European Cultural Tours or Russian study trip in first year or your Year Abroad, when you can choose to study, teach or work in another country.
- Active student societies: Join one of our language student societies or our student magazine The UoB Linguist. Develop your language skills outside your teaching, make new friends who share your passion for languages and attend interesting and diverse extra-curricular events.
- An exciting discipline: By choosing Modern Languages, you are entering an excellent field with almost limitless opportunities and benefits.
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Modern Languages Graduates 2013
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Explore our innovative My Choices app to discover more about our modules. You will be able to build your own prospectus based on the languages and combinations that you wish to study.
- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- A level (or equivalent) in at least one modern language
- General Studies:
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
Other qualifications are considered – see entry requirements
Important information: Please see "How to apply" for UCAS language codes.
Please note that for reasons of timetabling it is not possible to combine Spanish with Russian, Italian with Portuguese, Italian with Mandarin Chinese, nor Portuguese with Mandarin Chinese. All languages except French can be studied from beginner’s level.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
Important information: When completing your UCAS application, please indicate your proposed languages under 'Further Details' in the 'Choices' section of the application by using the following codes, separated by a space.
Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com.
Learn more about applying.
Key Information Set (KIS)
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The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.
University of Birmingham students are part of an academic elite and learn from world-leading experts. We will challenge you to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers.
You will have a diverse learning experience, including:
- small group tutorials
- independent study
- and peer group learning, such as delivering presentations with your classmates
You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to Higher Education.
- Personal tutors - You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and welfare advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.
- Transition review - you will undergo a formal transition review during your first year with an academic member of staff. They will see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support.
- Academic Skills Centre - the centre aims to help you become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.
- Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) - the AWAS team will provide guidance on writing essays and dissertations at University-level. You will receive individual support from an academic writing advisor and meet with postgraduate tutors who specialise in particular subjects. Support is given in a variety of ways, such as small-group workshops, online activities, tutorials and email correspondence.
- Student experience - our Student Experience Team will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They will offer research opportunities, study skills support and help you prepare for your post-university careers. They will also organise social events, such as field trips, to help you meet fellow students from your course.
Language laboratory sessions allow you to practise your listening and spoken skills and are an essential part of all our language programmes.
Assessments - you will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you transition to a new style of learning. At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed. Assessments methods will vary with each module and could include:
- coursework, such as essays
- group and individual presentations
- and formal exams
Feedback - you will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so you can learn from each assignment. You will also be given feedback on any exams that you take. If you should fail an exam, we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is provided to help you prepare for future exams.
Modern Languages and Business Management graduates have a range of skills and knowledge that are highly prized by graduate employers.
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English and one or more other languages;
- A deep awareness understanding and appreciation of other cultures and core topics in Business Management;
- Critical thinking skills, alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret the information that you have gathered;
- Independence and experience of living abroad;
- Leadership and teamwork;
- Handling complex information;
- The ability to form concise and articulate arguments;
- Managing your time effectively and prioritising your workload;
Our graduates are highly employable and go in to an incredibly wide range of careers, both in this country and abroad. In the most recent survey, 87% of Modern Languages and 94% of Business Management graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation – 80% and 95% respectively of those were in professional or managerial roles.
Example employers include:
- Harper Collins
- Deutsche Bank
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Aura Financial
- British Airways
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- The British Council
- French Connection
- Educational institutions in the UK and overseas
- Local and central government
Example Occupations include:
- Editorial Project Leader
- International Sales Coordinator
- Investigation Specialist
- Operations Analyst
- Marketing Officer
- Account Executive
- Account Planner
Example further study programmes include:
- PgDip Education
- MA Social Work
- PGCE (various)
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MA Hispanic Studies
- MA Translation Studies
- MSc International Business
Our graduates enter the wide range of careers similar to other arts, humanities and business graduates but with much greater scope in international settings.
You will benefit from events in both departments whereby graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the wide variety of roles available to linguists and business management graduates.
Developing your career
Employers target University of Birmingham students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events - we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge - you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary - we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships - our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Birmingham.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you will need to think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and network of contacts.
- Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme - our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project being run by one of our academic researchers. Undergraduate research scholars gain work experience over the summer after their first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
- Personal Skills Award - our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
- Guild of Students - there is a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, which cover a wide variety of interests.
Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.
Clubs and societies
The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.
Student Experience Officers
Our Student Experience Officers will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They will offer research opportunities, study skills support and help you prepare for your post-university careers. They will also organise social events, such as field trips, to help you meet fellow students from your course.
Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.
The City of Birmingham
One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.
Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.