A more connected world demands language skills. Expand your horizons and achieve fluency in two languages by immersing yourself in the history and cultures of the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds.
Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.
Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in French and Spanish, both written and spoken. You will master the fundamental elements of each language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of both. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.
You will learn each language in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which they are spoken. This considerably enhances your understanding of the languages and also provides you with the knowledge to live and work in these countries. More specifically, it will enable you to enter professional roles with global companies that operate in and interact with them.
In French you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of optional modules in French and francophone culture, history, literature, theatre, politics and film with staff who are internationally-recognised experts in French-speaking literature, history and culture; including the literature of the French Caribbean; French children’s literature and publishing; 20th century French history; Medieval literature, history and art, as well as translation and adaptation studies.
In Spanish, you can study a wide range of optional modules in Spanish and Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and film with staff who are internationally-recognised experts. These include comprehensive first-year modules including "Icons of Spain and Latin America" and "Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Culture”; second-year modules including “ Modern and contemporary Spanish narratives" and "Culture and revolution in modern Latin America"; and final year modules including “Dictatorship, Memory and Resistance in the Southern Cone”, “Publishers and Writers in Contemporary Spain” and "Testimonial writing from modern Latin America".
You will also be able to explore a specific topic in both of the languages you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy studying cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and World cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium.
An integral part of the course is the opportunity to study or work abroad during your third year. You will split your time equally between French- and Spanish-speaking countries (six months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. It allows you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and considerably develop your knowledge of both French and Spanish. A key advantage of this joint honours degree course is that you can incorporate both study and placement work into the year abroad for a more varied experience. Core language modules in the second year will prepare you for studying abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.
We provide accelerated learning in Spanish and French, meaning that you can start both languages from beginners’ level if you have not studied them before. Regardless of which level you join the course at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken Spanish and French by the final year.