Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
During your years of study you will take compulsory language modules depending on your language proficiency (Beginner or post A-Level). You will then choose amongst a wide range of optional modules depending on the number of credits you are taking in the language.
You can find out more about the available modules dependent on your credit weighting for your chosen language(s) via the My Choices website. The modules listed may 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.
During your years of study you will take compulsory modules depending on your language proficiency (Beginner or post A-Level). Depending upon the number of languages you are taking, you will choose amongst a wide range of optional modules to make up your remaining credits.
The range of modules available to you does depend on your chosen languages and the combinations you choose to study. Explore our My Choices app to discover more about the modules available to you within each language section.
Year Abroad: 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 St Petersburg for an intensive four-week language programme for beginners in Russian.
History of Art
History of Art: This is your foundation year and you will take two compulsory modules: 'Historical Concepts in the History of Art' and 'Debates and Methods in the History of Art' that will introduce the methods and concepts employed in the study of Art History. The optional modules provide an outline of selected key historical periods and themes in the history of art.
History of Art: If you are taking 80 or 60 credits of History of Art, you have two compulsory modules to take 'Research Techniques in the History of Art' and 'Art History in the Field' a European Study Trip funded by the University (recent destinations include Prague, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Bruges and Vienna). Your optional modules will allow you to acquire a greater depth of knowledge by focusing on a number of more specific subjects.
History of Art: In your final year you will study four special subject modules in depth and in detail, you can choose to undertake a dissertation that also gives you the chance to develop your research skills.
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.
If you take Modern Languages and History of Art, there is the option to take a major/minor weighting from Year 1. Please note that if you decide to take two Modern Languages alongside History of Art, your degree will be split as 40-40-40 for the full duration of your programme, one third in each subject area.