Our degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual, professional and creative industries. The courses are also very flexible, allowing you to specialise as you progress, culminating in a final-year dissertation that allows you to carry out in-depth research into a topic of your choice.
The BA Modern Languages programme involves the study of one, two or three modern languages via one of our pathways.
Choose from the following (each option is hyperlinked to further details, such as level availability and each pathway’s languages):
The small print.
The degree programme is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad studying, teaching or working before returning to Birmingham for your final year. Depending upon your chosen language(s), you may also have the opportunity to participate in a subsidised one-week escorted European Cultural Tour to the country of your target language, or a subsidised trip to Petrozavodsk in western Russia for an intensive four-week language programme for beginners in Russian.
Other ways to study Modern Languages
You can study Modern Languages in a wide range of other degree programmes and in combination with many other subjects - see the Modern Languages course list for all available courses.
Why study this course
- Outstanding staff in a strong department: Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching. In 2014, 98% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 97% agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential – this year 82% of our BA Modern Languages graduated with first or upper-second class degrees.
- Superb employability rates: Amongst our students who graduated in July 2013, 87% were in work or further study 6 months after graduation. 80% of those were in professional or managerial roles. Read more in our "employability" section.
- Broad curriculum: You will benefit from an exceptionally broad and flexible curriculum. Choose up to three languages and a variety of modules covering history, politics, culture, society, business and translation.
- Travel opportunities: All our language degrees involve time abroad – whether that is on the European Cultural Tours or Russian study trip in first year, or your Year Abroad, when you can study, teach or work in another country.
- Active student societies: Join one of our language student societies or our student magazine The UoB Linguist Magazine. Develop your language skills outside your teaching, make new friends who share your passion for languages and attend diverse extra-curricular events.
- An exciting discipline: By choosing Modern Languages, you are entering an excellent field with almost limitless opportunities and benefits.
Hear from our students
Open day talk
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 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.
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 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.
Important information: please see “how to apply section” for the language / pathway codes to use in your UCAS application
Alternative modern language qualifications are considered.
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 language(s) / pathway selections 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.
Joint Honours combinations
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