Modern Languages

Modern Languages courses for 2021

Single Honours

This programme provides the opportunity to study three of the languages offered by the School of Modern Languages to degree level, including a year abroad. One language will be studied from a beginner's level.

Why study Modern Languages at Bristol?

The School of Modern Languages has an international reputation for research and scholarship which informs our courses at all levels. Bristol was ranked in the top ten in the UK for modern languages in the Guardian University Guide 2020. Professional language teaching is provided by experts in both beginner and advanced-level language acquisition. Our optional units allow you to study many aspects of the culture, politics and society of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

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

One of the highlights of studying modern languages at Bristol is the year abroad, where you can immerse yourself in your chosen languages and cultures. Students have travelled as far afield as Haiti, Argentina, Mexico, French Guiana and Kazakhstan.

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.

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.

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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?

The course will 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 are directly related to the language skills and cultural understanding you will gain during your studies.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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