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R9Q9 - Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting

Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: R9Q9
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

This degree combines your study of two modern foreign languages with the development of sought-after translation and interpreting skills to prepare you for a career as an engaged, global citizen.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £20400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting degree focuses on developing your language skills to near-native fluency as well as equipping you with specialist and in-demand skills such as translating and interpreting.

The third year of your degree will be spent abroad, so you can develop your language skills among native speakers and experience a different culture.

Your knowledge and skills of translation and interpreting also ensure you leave Newcastle University as a sought-after graduate with attributes highly prized by employers.

You'll become a confident multilinguist, ready to embark on your career as a global citizen.

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Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

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Quality and ranking

  • 6th in the UK for research power – Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • top 150 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Modules and learning


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. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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.

This degree allows you to study two modern foreign languages and specialise in translation and interpreting.

There are two routes through the degree.

If you have A Level (or equivalent) in two of French, German and Spanish, then you follow pathways in Translation and Interpreting in both languages.

If you have A Level (or equivalent) in one of French, German or Spanish, then you follow a Translation and Interpreting pathway in that language. You also study another language from beginners’ level (from Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish).

You also have a selection of optional modules to choose from exploring the culture of your chosen countries.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Interpreting Theory and Practice 1 20
Translation Theory and Practice 1 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
Introducción a América Latina 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese II 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

You will spend Stage 3 working or studying abroad. This year abroad exposes you to the life and cultures of the countries you're studying, further developing your language skills.

In Stage 4 you'll study further translation and interpreting modules. This gives you the opportunity to gain professional skills and an awareness of the issues in translation and interpreting.

Your language modules include advanced writing skills as well as the learning of language for professional and academic purposes.

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


Compulsory Modules Credits
Interpreting Theory and Practice 3 20
Translation Theory and Practice 3 20
Optional Modules Credits
Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese 40
Classic French Cinema 20
Paris: Aspects of History and Culture 20
How to Build an Empire 20
Linguistic Variation in French 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
From Surrealism to Street Art: Theories and Practices of the City 20
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
A Cultural History of Berlin: Cabaret, Catastrophe, Capital 20
Nature and Ecology in German Culture 20
Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990: writers, media, society 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
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 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
Envisioning Identities in Latin American Film 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
Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese 20
Dissertation 20
World Spanish 20
Representaciones de Revolución, Dictadura y Democracia en España y América Latina 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20
Intermediate Catalan 20
Cultura Popular en España y Cuba 20
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 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

  • Portfolio submission

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Reports

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 research skills.


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)

Students who are studying Chinese or Japanese will spend the academic year studying at one of our partner universities in these countries.

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. 

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, 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


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


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

Studying for our degree in Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting will open the door to a wide variety of career paths, while adding the specific skills of translation and interpreting to your portfolio.

You may decide to embark directly upon a career in translation and interpreting, or you could follow in the tracks of some graduates, and find work in areas as diverse as tourism, marketing, management, the civil service, advertising and the media, teaching and banking.

Alternatively, if you want to study translation and interpreting further, our degree is excellent preparation for a postgraduate professional qualification.

The degree aims to provide a firm foundation for a career as a freelance translator or interpreter for agencies and commercial clients in the private or public sectors, and work in international organisations.

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

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.

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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

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 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding


We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

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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