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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary


Do you have an interest in languages and the desire to develop your linguistic skills to a professional level? Do you want to spend a year abroad, learning more about the culture and languages of another country?

This BA (Hons) Modern Languages degree immerses you in 1-3 languages of your choice, while imparting the cultural knowledge and vocational skills that will make you a sought after professional in multiple countries.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • study 1 language from French, German or Spanish


  • study 2 languages from French, German, Spanish, Italian (beginners level only) or Mandarin (beginners level only)

To study 2 languages, you'll need to have taken French, German or Spanish at A level and continue studying your A level language.

You can also:

  • Use our professional-grade conference interpreting suite and language labs, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources
  • Immerse yourself in the cultures of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken – in the classroom and on your work or study placement abroad in year 3
  • Test your language skills in simulations, scenario exercises, television broadcasts and debates
  • Fast-track to a teaching career with an optional Initial Teacher Training pathway, which includes a £9,000 bursary Qualified Teacher Status on completion of the final year of your degree

Whether you’re experienced in speaking multiple languages or need to learn your chosen language from scratch, we’ll take your enthusiasm and mould you into a confident linguistic expert.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Modern Languages degree?

With language skills continuing to be in high demand in many industries, previous students have gone on to work in fields such as:

  • translation and interpreting
  • marketing
  • journalism and the media
  • international management
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • finance

What jobs can you do with a Modern Languages degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • bilingual consultant
  • multilingual project coordinator translator
  • teacher
  • translator/interpreter
  • diplomat
  • journalist
  • tourist guide
  • market analyst

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio. We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

If you combine your degree with teacher training, you'll do teaching placements as part of your course.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    39th out of 49 2

    32nd out of 36 3

    37th out of 48 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    103 47%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    103 51%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    103 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%



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