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QT19 - Modern Languages and Linguistics

Modern Languages and Linguistics

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: QT19
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Explore how languages change, develop and are used while gaining an expert knowledge of two languages on our Modern Languages and Linguistics degree.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £18000

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This four-year Modern Languages and Linguistics BA Honours degree focuses on the study of linguistics.

You'll build on your knowledge of the culture, literature, history and society of the countries where your languages are spoken, gaining a firm foundation of how language works, its structure and its history.

You will apply your knowledge and skills to strengthen your fluency of your chosen languages. You will immerse yourself in the culture of another country while studying or working abroad, further developing your language confidence and skills.

This exciting programme is shaped by the research specialisms of our world-leading staff. It ensures your studies explore the latest ideas and most exciting areas of linguistics, such as:

  • computational linguistics
  • language variation
  • psycholinguistics
  • theoretical linguistics
Students listen during a language lab session

Quality and ranking

  • 7th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 94% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • top 100 – Linguistics category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
  • top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • 5th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (Modern Languages)
  • top 10 in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020 (French and Iberian languages)
  • top 10 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Iberian languages)
  • 6th in the UK for research power – Research Excellence Framework 2014

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You will spend two-thirds of your time studying two languages at a level that reflects your language ability. You’ll then spend the remaining third of your time studying linguistics, concentrating on the structure, history and use of both the English language and your foreign languages.

You will also have the opportunity to study beginners’ modules in:

  • Catalan or Italian if you study Spanish
  • Catalan or Italian if you study French
  • Dutch if you study German

You will also select from a wide range of optional cultural modules to complement your language studies.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Syntax and Phonology 20
Introduction to the Structure of Language 2: Morphology and Meaning 20
Optional Modules Credits
Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese II 20
La France de 1789 à nos jours 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) French I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) French II 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) French 20
Deutschland zwischen 1871 und 1945 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) German I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) German II 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) German 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese II 20
An Introduction to Latin America 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese II 20
The Nature of Language 20
Language Variation and Change: Dealing with Data 20
Introduction to Literature 20
Introduction to Linguistics 20
Introduction to International Film 20
Introduction to Cultural Studies 20
Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Spanish I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Spanish II 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish 20

In Stage 2 you will continue to study linguistics theory and will study compulsory modules that cover Syntactic Theory and an Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition. You will also choose from a range of optional linguistics modules.

You will develop your language skills and also have the opportunity to enhance these through a range of optional cultural modules.

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese 40
La France de 1789 à nos jours 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) French 20
Classic French Cinema 20
Paris: Aspects of History and Culture 20
Linguistic Variation in French 20
French Caribbean Literature 20
Level C (HE Advanced) French 20
Deutschland zwischen 1871 und 1945 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) German 20
A Cultural History of Berlin: Cabaret, Catastrophe, Capital 20
M for Murder: Crime, Law and Justice in Modern German Literature and Film 20
Nature and Ecology in German Culture 20
Beginners' Dutch 20
Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990 20
Level C (HE Advanced) German 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese 40
An Introduction to Latin America 20
Diversidad Cultural en America Latina 20
Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917) 20
Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music 20
Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese 20
Phonological Theory 20
Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition 20
Syntactic Theory 20
Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language 20
Introduction to Literature 20
Introduction to International Film 20
Introduction to Cultural Studies 20
An Introduction to Italian language and culture 20
Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish 20
World Spanish 20
Introduction to Catalan 20
Representations of Revolution, Dictatorship and Democracy in Spain and Latin America 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20

You will spend your year abroad studying at one of our partner universities, on a work placement, or a combination of the two. You can spend the whole year in one country or divide the year between two countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

If you want to study Chinese or Japanese at Stage 4 you must spend this year studying in China or Japan.

We recommend you use the summer vacations on either side of this to visit French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish-speaking countries, depending on the other languages you are studying.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Year Abroad ePortfolio (YAeP) 100

In Stage 4 you will study translation and interpreting modules, helping you to develop professional skills and an awareness of issues in translation and interpreting. You will also have the opportunity to study advanced writing skills in your chosen languages.

Optional modules allow you to explore the history and culture of foreign countries.

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese 40
Classic French Cinema 20
Paris: Aspects of History and Culture 20
Linguistic Variation in French 20
French Caribbean Literature 20
Level C (HE Advanced) French 20
Occupation and Resistance: Literary and Cinematic Responses to the Second World War in France 20
Contemporary French Cinema 20
Historical Perspectives on the French Language 20
From Experimental to Explicit: Translating Women's Writing in French 20
Contemporary Life Writing in French: Textual and Visual Experiment 20
Du Surréalisme au Street Art: Théories et Pratiques de la Ville 20
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Translation & Interpreting 10
A Cultural History of Berlin: Cabaret, Catastrophe, Capital 20
M for Murder: Crime, Law and Justice in Modern German Literature and Film 20
Nature and Ecology in German Culture 20
Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990 20
Level C (HE Advanced) German 20
Intermediate Dutch 20
German Representations of the Holocaust 20
A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon. 20
The Future: Its History and Its Future 20
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation & Interpreting 10
Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese 40
Diversidad Cultural en America Latina 20
Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917) 20
Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music 20
Inter-American Relations from the Spanish-American War (1898) to the end of the Cold War (1989/1991) 20
Multilingualism and Society in Latin America 20
Cultura y Política en Colombia 20
Lusophone Borderlines: Borders and Crossings in Portuguese-Speaking Cultures 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese 20
Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches 20
Language and ethnicity in twenty-first century Britain 20
Communicating and Teaching Languages for Undergraduate Ambassadors 20
Intermediate Italian 20
Dissertation 20
World Spanish 20
Representations of Revolution, Dictatorship and Democracy in Spain and Latin America 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20
Intermediate Catalan 20
Cultura Popular en Latinoamérica y España 20
Spectres of the Past: Memory in Contemporary Spanish Culture 20
Spanish and Romance Word analysis 20
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation & Interpreting 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

The majority of language modules are taught by native speakers. You also work in language laboratories and undertake self-study in our Language Resource Centre.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Dossier

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Reflective report/journal

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Research skills

You have the option of writing a dissertation in your final year, which allows you to explore and discuss a topic of interest in great detail, while developing your research skills.

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I chose this course because it was flexible and perfectly suited to my needs. I love it because it is challenging yet rewarding. My favourite thing about it is how friendly and approachable everyone is.

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Opportunities

Year abroad

This Modern Languages degree includes a compulsory year abroad. 

Students studying a European language can: 

  • study at one of our partner universities
  • undertake a work or voluntary placement
  • undertake a combination of both (ensuring they do not overlap)

You usually divide the year between the countries relating to your chosen languages, although it may be possible to spend the entire year in one country. 

Students of Chinese or Japanese will spend the year studying at one of our partner institutions in China or Japan. 

Support for year abroad

You will receive lots of help to prepare for your year abroad, including: 

  • briefings covering practicalities like insurance, visas and student safety
  • support in finding a work placement
  • a Tandem Learning Scheme, to practise conversation in your foreign language and make in-country contacts, before you travel
  • a training course for language assistants

There are also events in your second year where you can meet students who have already done their year abroad, Erasmus students from our partner universities in Europe, and Chinese and Japanese exchange students from our host universities in East Asia. 

You'll be in contact with our Year Abroad team during your time abroad, and communicate with your personal tutor. You'll also write blog posts, reflecting on your linguistic, personal and professional development.

Facilities and environment

Facilities

As a Modern Languages student, you'll be based at our city-centre campus, in the School of Modern Languages. We've been teaching modern languages in Newcastle for more than 100 years.

You will have access to language laboratories and the award-winning Language Resource Centre, with self-study resources for over 50 languages. You'll also have access to:

  • specialist language learning software
  • dictionaries
  • films
  • live foreign-language TV channels

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Ability in languages is highly regarded by employers across all sectors, including industry and business. Employers value the linguistic skills and cultural awareness of graduates.

With ever more European and international connections, language skills are important and give you a real advantage in applying for a wide range of graduate jobs.

For some graduates teaching is a popular career choice, undertaking primary and secondary Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or teaching English abroad. Others go into jobs where their language skills are desirable, such as the media, sales, e-commerce, and areas of finance.

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

ABB-BBB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£18000

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

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.

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