Modern Languages

Modern Languages courses for 2019

Single Honours

This degree provides the opportunity to study three languages offered by the School of Modern Languages in certain combinations. One language will be studied to degree level from scratch.

Modern languages students at Bristol benefit from a state-of-the-art multimedia centre with access to over 2,000 films, a mini-cinema, foreign satellite channels, a magazine library and a recording studio.

Why study Modern Languages at Bristol?

All Bristol language departments have an international reputation for research and scholarship which informs our teaching at all levels. This is supported by professional language teaching provided by experts in both beginners' and advanced-level language acquisition. Our optional units allow you to study a broad range of aspects of the culture, politics and society of the countries in which your chosen languages are spoken.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Our BA Modern Languages course enables you to master three languages and focus deeply on the technical aspects of language and linguistics, without neglecting the challenge of studying cultural and political history, literature and society.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Bristol's modern languages courses will suit you if you have a fascination for languages and linguistics and a desire to study within the broader cultural contexts in which those languages are used.

Our students have wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and a desire to open their minds to cultures of different periods and geopolitical contexts.

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will have the opportunity to study any three of the following languages offered by the School of Modern Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian and Czech.

An A-level is required in two of your chosen languages, while the third is studied from beginners' level. Please note that French cannot be studied as a beginners' language.

All these courses involve practical language classes, lectures on historical, cultural or literary topics and discussion-based seminars.

In language classes you will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation skills using a range of textbooks, media and internet resources.

In historical and cultural units in each language you will gain knowledge of the key approaches and concepts for linguistic, literary, cultural and historical analysis.

You will divide your third year between countries that are relevant to your chosen languages, exploring the culture and society of your host country while studying at a partner institution, teaching English, or undertaking a work placement.

Assessment involves a mixture of examination, guided writing on specific historical or cultural topics, and more independently-researched essays and dissertations.

What are my career prospects?

The maturity gained from a modern languages degree will make you attractive to a variety of employers, including international organisations where fluency in a modern language and a good knowledge of foreign institutions and customs are extremely useful.

Recent graduates have entered careers in teaching, translating, academia, finance, industry, publishing, the media, law, travel, and British and international civil services. Many of these careers directly utilise the language competency and cultural understanding you gain during your studies.

Read more about what students from Modern Languages go on to do after graduation.


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