This flexible course has been designed for those who want to combine the study of one or two modern languages with Business Studies as a Minor subject comprising approximately one-third of the programme. You can find out more about the modules available by using our My Choices app.
All students will study one or two languages together (40 credits each or 80 credits in one) alongside the study of business management skills (40 credits). We offer French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. If you are taking two languages, then you may take one of these languages from scratch, but in that case, an A level (or equivalent) is required in your other language. Where a language is taken as a beginner, the first year will focus entirely on practical language work. Languages taken post-A level will combine one language module with an optional module in the politics, literature, culture or history of the country chosen. Business modules include Introduction to Financial Analysis and Introduction to Economics.
You will continue to study business management skills, taking modules such as Global Marketing and Human Resource management. You can continue to study one or two modern languages or, if you want to specialise, you can concentrate on just one (which you would then take as the equivalent of a Major – 80 credits – in that language). Please note, however, that it is only possible to study 80 credits in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian.
All students will spend their third year abroad. Students spending the full year in one country will normally attend a university in that country, although students spending the whole year in France or a German-speaking country also have the opportunity to spend a year as a language assistant teaching English in a school or college there. Students splitting the year between two countries will normally spend a period of time as a university student in each country. Closely supervised work placements, subject to approval, can occasionally be substituted for university placements.
If you continued with two languages throughout third year, you can either maintain this pattern in final year, or drop down to one. Otherwise, you will continue with the one language that you studied in third year. If you study one language, practical language work will be combined with three optional modules centred on the areas of research expertise of the staff in the relevant language department. If you take two languages, practical language work will be combined with one such specialist option in each of your two departments. For the Business Management part of the programme, you will follow modules in Supply Change Management, Corporate Finance and Strategic Management.
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Why study this course
At Birmingham, you will benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you are a fully supported and active learner. The course is also very flexible, 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.
This programme draws on the expertise of staff in both Modern Languages and Business Management. The University of Birmingham is one of the biggest and most prestigious centres for the study of modern languages in the country. We offer an exceptionally broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. There is a wide variety of languages available and you can study these languages together with the cultures associated with them. You will be part of a vibrant community with a strong reputation for teaching.
Read our ten reasons to study Modern Languages at Birmingham.
Birmingham Business School is dynamic and internationally focused. We were the country’s first dedicated business school. Birmingham Business School has strong links with local, national and global businesses such as Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young. As a result, this degree programme retains a strong practical focus as well as exploring theoretical aspects.
Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual and creative industries. This programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to give you a competitive edge in the job market.
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Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: A level (or equivalent) in at least one modern language
General Studies: accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 36 points including a modern language at HL
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.
How to apply
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
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