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Integrated Master in Modern Languages: Modern Languages

University of Essex
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

Integrated Master in Modern Languages: Modern Languages

Language is fundamental to our thoughts, our relationships, and our civilisations. Through language, we transmit knowledge, from inviting someone for coffee, to promoting the latest scientific theory, to settling global political disputes.

If you’re a high achiever with an A-level grade B in a major language, this four-year course is for you. You integrate your undergraduate and postgraduate studies into one course, graduating with an Integrated Masters in Modern Languages in four years, rather than five if the courses are taken separately.

You specialise in at least two modern languages, becoming highly proficient in at least one language. Language study is combined from the third year with translation skills. Your progress will depend on reaching target grades with work expected in the upper 2.1 range.

In your first and second years, you study practical language modules to develop your language skills. French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish can be studied, reaching Proficiency level in the major language by the end of year 2, with Mandarin Chinese taken as an option. These languages are all widely used in the business world and many of our graduates have developed successful global careers with international firms.

Your third year is spent studying abroad with modules taken in language and translation. You carry out research relating to translation for your year abroad project, supported by your supervisor. This independent research project develops your ability to conduct research, work with complex sources of information in your chosen language and employ research methods. You also develop your analytical thinking and problem-solving skills and expand your linguistic and translation skills and communication proficiency in your chosen language. The project is the culmination of both your undergraduate studies and preparation for your final year where you take postgraduate modules.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: ABB including B in the language that you would like to major in.

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 32 points including Higher Level study of the language you would like to major in.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Language Expert 1
  • Advanced Italian (optional)
  • Advanced French (optional)
  • Advanced Spanish (optional)
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics

Year 2

  • Language Expert 2
  • Proficiency Level French (optional)
  • Proficiency Level Italian (optional)
  • Proficiency Level Spanish (optional)
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics

Final Year

  • Principles of Translation and Interpreting
  • Technologies of Translation
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Technologies of Translation II and Post Editing
  • Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures
  • Subtitling: Principles and Practice
  • Translation Portfolio II (French) (optional)
  • Translation Portfolio I (French) (optional)

Program delivery

  • Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, discussion classes, role-plays and class presentations. In your Masters, it also includes demonstrations and learning by teaching others
  • We run a weekly departmental seminar, attended by both staff and students
  • State-of-the-art technologies and materials create an ideal learning environment

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career opportunities

Companies and organisations in the UK and abroad are struggling to find university graduates who are fluent in at least one other language, apart from English.

Being an Essex modern languages graduate places you in a very advantageous position. You will be able to speak and write fluently, or to a very competent standard, in up to four languages. Language skills are in scarce supply and can be used in almost any job.

Alongside skills in translation and subtitling, you also gain key employability skills such as researching and writing for specific purposes.

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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