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Modern Languages, BA

Lancaster University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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Modern Languages, BA

Lancaster’s Modern Languages degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures. This degree gives you the opportunity to study three languages. We offer Chinese, French, German or Spanish as major subjects and Italian as minor subject. This degree includes an international placement year where you will study abroad and a large amount of choice in both the languages you will study and cultural modules that bring your chosen languages to life.

Year One

In your first year, you can choose to study:

  • three languages at advanced level
  • or two languages at advanced level and one at beginner level

You will focus on developing linguistic fluency as well as learning about the cultural contexts of your chosen languages.

Year Two

You will develop your language skills and also study the cultural, political and historical context of your chosen languages in more depth.

There are two possible routes through the second year:

  • Route A - Chinese / French / German / Spanish
  • Route B - Chinese / French / German / Spanish with Italian

Year Three - International Placement Year

Spending your third year abroad makes a major contribution to your language ability, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You will spend time in two countries where your major languages are spoken. You can either study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.

We also encourage you to spend some vacation time in the country of your third language, and the department may be able to offer opportunities to apply for funding to support this.

Year Four

Back at Lancaster in the fourth year, you will consolidate your multiple language skills alongside language-specific cultural modules such as ‘Sinophone Literature and Film’ or ‘Latin America and Spain on Film: Violence and Masculinities’. You can also take comparative courses which allow you to see the languages and cultures you're studying in a global context.

There are three possible routes through the final year.

  • Route A - The language intensive route (Chinese / French / German / Spanish)
  • Route B - The culture intensive route (Chinese / French / German / Spanish)
  • Route C - The Italian route (Chinese / French / German / Spanish with Italian)

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • Required Subjects We would expect you to be at A or A/S Level standard in at least two of our major languages (Chinese, French, German, and Spanish). Please visit the Languages & Cultures webpages for further details.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects, including two of the languages to be studied. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.
  • BTEC Accepted alongside A levels in at least two of the languages to be studied. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1


  • Part I Chinese Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)
  • Part I Chinese Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
  • Part I French Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)
  • Part I French Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
  • Part I German Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)
  • Part I German Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
  • Part I Italian Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
  • Part I Spanish Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)
  • Part I Spanish Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

Year 2


  • Chinese Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • Chinese Language: Oral Skills (post-Beginner CEFR: B1)
  • Chinese Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • Chinese Language: Written Skills (post-Beginner CEFR: B1)
  • French Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • French Language: Oral skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1))
  • French Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • French Language: Written Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)
  • German Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • German Language: Oral Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)
  • German Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • German Language: Written Skills (Post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)
  • Italian Language: Oral skills (post Beginners /CEFR: B1)
  • Italian Language: Written skills (post Beginners /CEFR: B1)
  • Second Year Program for Academic Skills, Employability and International placement preparation
  • Shaping Contemporary China: Moments and Movements
  • Shaping Contemporary France: Moments and Movements
  • Shaping Contemporary German-Speaking Europe: Moments and Movements
  • Shaping Contemporary Spain and Latin America: Moments and Movements
  • Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • Spanish Language: Oral Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)
  • Spanish Language: Written skills (CEFR: B2)
  • Spanish Language: Written Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

Year 3


  • International Placement Year: Intercultural and Academic Reflection

Year 4


  • Chinese Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
  • Chinese Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
  • French Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
  • French Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
  • German Language Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
  • German Language Written Skills (CEFR C1/C2)
  • Italian language: Oral and Aural skills (CEFR: B2)
  • Italian Language: Written and Reading Skills (CEFR: B2)
  • Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
  • Spanish Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)


  • Autocrats, Caudillos and Big Men: Understanding Dictatorship and its Cultural Representation in the 20th Century
  • Contemporary Cities in Literature and Film
  • Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada
  • Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation
  • Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
  • Latin America and Spain on Film: Violences and Masculinities
  • Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany
  • Masculinities and Modernities in China
  • Mirrors across Media: Reflexivity in Literature, Film, Comics and Video Games
  • Modernity of Forms and Forms of Modernity in French Literature 1850-2000
  • Sinophone Literature and Film
  • Social movements and committed writing in Mexico since 1968
  • Translation as a Cultural Practice


  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £19,930 per year

Career paths

As well as language and subject related skills, a degree in languages gives you the opportunity to develop rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that can be utilised across a variety of careers. Our graduates have found work in a wide variety of areas such as accountancy, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and beyond.

Many Modern Languages graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation and Languages and Cultures, which can lead on to a variety of careers including translation, and teaching.

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Lancaster University

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Why study at Lancaster University

With nearly 50 years of experience in international higher education, LdM is dedicated to delivering high-quality learning opportunities to students from around the globe. By expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world, LdM challenges students to evolve within the global community, focusing on the lessons of past and present cultures to cultivate a better tomorrow. Through experiential learning at both of our sites in Italy, LdM fosters students’ professional and personal development and empowers them to move towards their academic and career goals.

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LdM upholds both traditional and innovative educational approaches in higher education, complemented by experiential learning practices. LdM is dedicated to the empowerment of students as active participants in the learning process.

2) Professional Skills

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3) Cultural Diversity

As an educational and cultural institution, LdM believes in fostering diversity in a dynamic, international environment composed of faculty, staff, and students from over 100 different countries, providing equal and open access to educational opportunities.

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We are global citizens. LdM believes in community engagement and creates opportunities for meaningful interaction between international students and the Italian community in which they live and study. LdM is committed to creating an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect in an environment characterized by a rich diversity of people and ideas.

5) Personal Growth

LdM is dedicated to providing students with a foundational academic understanding of a broad range of disciplines, assisting and promoting their professional and personal growth.

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