The emphasis in the BA in French and Portuguese is on linguistic proficiency and inter-cultural awareness; language and identity are at the core of the programme. You will be critically reflecting on a variety of contemporary issues, historical periods and geographical areas (France and Portugal, but also for example, Brazil, Portuguese-speaking Africa, and the Francophone Caribbean), explored through a range of media including art, cinema, linguistics and literature. The degree includes residency (c.8 months) in a Francophone and/or Lusophone country.
French and Portuguese Degree highlights
French, and Spanish and Portuguese at Queen's, have frequently been in the top five in a range of league tables published over the last three years.
- After stage 2, you will spend a period of residence (normally 8 months or more) in a French- or Portuguese-speaking country (France or Portugal, but also Brazil or Martinique for example), or you can split the period with residence in both countries (eg a semester in each country as an Erasmus or exchange student at one of our partner universities). Students will have the possibility of acquiring professional experience by teaching in a school, undertaking a work placement, or doing voluntary work.
- Graduates of French and Portuguese are highly employable in a number of fields, including media, print journalism, translating, marketing, local government, fast-stream Civil Service, and a very wide range of local, national and international companies
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in Francophone and Lusophone cultures. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- French and Portuguese at Queen's are taught by world-leading experts, with particular expertise in digital cultures, postcolonial writing, medical humanities, Latin American culture, linguistics and visual culture. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014).
- Students run lively French and Spanish and Portuguese Societies, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
Elena Torres, Stage 2, French and Portuguese
Studying for a French and Portuguese degree at Queen's will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from Modern Languages at Queen's are well regarded by employers (local, national and international) for their communication and critical thinking skills, and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
Typical careers pursued by our graduates include business, media, marketing, translation, publishing, education/teaching, translation/interpreting, PR, journalism, fast stream Civil Service, and banking.
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries are in the region of £21,800. They are employed in a range of organisations, from the BBC and UTV to the Civil Service, from the Irish News to the European Parliament, and including a very wide range of local, national and international companies.
Employment after the Course
Languages graduates go on to work in a very wide range of sectors, including media and communications, advertising, journalism, tourism, teaching and translation. They are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Santander and the British Council.
Our past students have also gained work placements with organisations such as the British Council Assistantships Program and with Citibank.
The Prospects website provides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract languages Graduates.
Other Career-related information:
Queen's is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen's students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
In French, the AN Troughton Award and The Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels One and Two.
Students in both languages who achieve a first class mark in their oral are awarded a certificate of distinction.
The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the Language exam in Level Three.
The Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in an optional module in Level Three.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students on this pathway. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level One, we have a range of endowed prizes.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.