Graduates of this degree will be able to offer potential employers a winning combination of business expertise and language skills.
It combines the study of one or two languages with relevant principles and practice of business management. You'll also spend a year abroad.
Your business management modules include topics such as organisational behaviour, marketing and human resource management.
You also gain near-native fluency in your chosen language(s) and an in-depth insight into the countries where your languages are spoken, including cinema, culture, history, politics, society, linguistics and literature.
Your language choices are:
Alongside language modules, you can choose optional modules in the culture and history of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken, or (for French, German and Spanish) the linguistics of your chosen language.
You can choose to study:
In addition, optional beginners’ modules are available:
If you study two languages in your first year, you may reduce this to just one language for the remainder of your degree if you would like to.
Modern Languages at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
The School of Modern Languages produces high-level original research in the cultures of the contemporary societies with which it engages. This research feeds directly into our teaching, giving you the chance to really get to know the modern societies connected to your chosen languages before experiencing them first hand in the countries where they are spoken. We have particular research expertise in:
The majority of practical language modules are taught through classes led by native speakers, as well as through work in language laboratories and self-study in our Language Resource Centre. Further information about the approach to teaching and learning at Newcastle University can be found on our undergraduate web pages.
Assessment involves oral and language laboratory work and written examinations at the end of each Stage, as well as course work submitted during the year. During your year abroad in Stage 3 you are required to complete a personal learning record (a diary exercise consisting of three short pieces of work) and either write a project in the relevant language or submit marks from modules taken at the exchange university. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
All of our modern languages degrees include a compulsory year abroad.
Students studying a European language can:
Students of Chinese or Japanese spend the whole year studying at one of our partner institutions in China or Japan.
If you’re studying more than one language you usually divide the year between the two countries relating to your chosen languages, although it may be possible to spend the whole year in one country. If you are studying three languages we encourage you to spend some time during the summer vacation in the country of your third language.
We offer lots of help to prepare you for your year abroad, including
Our team of Year Abroad Officers will keep in close touch with you while you are abroad, and you will communicate regularly with your personal tutor via the web-based e-portfolio.
We have been teaching languages at Newcastle for over 100 years. This mark of quality and heritage is reflected in the reputation that the School holds.
Our outstanding facilities ensure that you have everything you need to support your language learning, from state-of-the-art language laboratories to an award-winning Language Resource Centre.
We are also home to:
the Newcastle Confucius Institute, which fosters the study of Chinese at all levels and promotes understanding of China and its culture
There are lots of opportunities within the School for you to meet new people and get involved with different activities including joining our student-run societies:
Newcastle also offered me a really flexible course structure, so I've been able to choose a course that combines my interest in languages with business - which I think really helps me stand out from the crowd.