qt19 - Modern Languages and Linguistics BA

Modern Languages and Linguistics BA Honours

UCAS Code: QT19 (4 Years)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of foreign languages with linguistic theory, to explore how language works.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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You choose two languages to study and will gain near-native fluency.

Cultural modules provide you with an in-depth insight into the countries where your languages are spoken, covering topics such as:

  • culture, cinema and literature
  • history, politics and society

You also study linguistics, concentrating on the structure, history and use of both the English language and your foreign languages. Topics include:

  • syntax, phonology and morphology
  • semantics and pragmatics
  • sociolinguistics and language acquisition

You'll also spend a year studying or working abroad, immersed in the culture of another country, developing your language skills and confidence.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Expand the boxes below to read more about what you'll study at each Stage.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.


Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry‌ (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Modern languages and linguistics careers

Most people study modern languages because of their interest and ability in the subject. For most graduates teaching is a popular career choice, undertaking primary and secondary Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or beginning careers teaching English on an international basis. Others go into jobs in which their language skills are desirable, such as the media, sales, e-commerce, and areas of finance.

With ever more European and international connections, such skills will grow in importance and can give you a real advantage in applying for a wide range of graduate jobs.

Ability in languages is increasingly valued by a wide range of employers across all sectors, including industry and business. They recognise that a degree in modern languages is evidence not only of linguistic skills and cultural awareness but also of other personal transferable skills needed in employment.

You will develop the self-confidence to communicate orally as well as on paper, to work effectively in a group, to organise and plan your work and to find solutions to problems by critical, logical and creative thinking. Consequently our graduates find work in diverse areas such as tourism, marketing, management, civil service, advertising and the media, teaching and banking.

The School of Modern Languages works with the University’s Careers Service to run an annual Employability Week, including an opportunity to network with recent graduates. We also collaborate on the Modern Languages careers blog, Careers Translated. The blog gives you access to a range of relevant jobs, training and work experience opportunities, as well as interviews with alumni and employers, and general advice. 

Find out more about the career options for Modern Languages and Linguistics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

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Application decisions and enquiries

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