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TN92 - Modern Languages and Business Studies

Modern Languages and Business Studies

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: TN92
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This Modern Languages and Business Studies degree prepares you for a global career with business expertise and language skills.

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 Business Studies BA Honours degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge that are highly prized by employers. 

With a combination of language and business studies, you'll develop your skills in one or two languages – from a choice of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish – as well as the principles and practice of business management, following modules such as:

  • organisational behaviour
  • marketing
  • human resource management

You will study language modules to help you develop near-native fluency alongside optional modules that will give you an insight into the cultures of the languages you are studying.

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

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Quality and ranking

  • 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
  • top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • top 200 – Business and Economics category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

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 insufficient 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.

This degree is run by the School of Modern Languages with either half or a third of your modules taught by the Business School. You can combine your languages in one of three ways:

  • one language at beginners' level
  • one or two languages at post-A level (or equivalent)
  • two languages – one at post-A level (or equivalent) and one at beginners' level

Stage 1 of your degree lets you study your language(s) at post-A Level or beginners' level, depending on your current language ability. You can choose from Chinese or Japanese, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

You will also study modules in the culture, history, cinema or linguistics of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

You will study an Introduction to Management and Organisation and have the option to study additional business modules.

If you study two languages in your first year, you may reduce this to just one language for the remainder of your degree before moving on to Stage 2.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Management and Organisation 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Non-Specialist Accounting and Finance 20
Global Business Environment 20
Introduction to Chinese Culture 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese II 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese 40
Introductory Economics 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
Introduction to Japanese History and Culture 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese I 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese II 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese 40
An Introduction to Latin America 20
Introduction to Marketing 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 continue to develop your language skills at an advanced/intermediate level. You’ll have the option to complement these skills by choosing cultural modules that relate to the language you are studying, for example, if you study Spanish, you can choose to study an introduction to Latin America.

You’ll also choose from optional business modules that include: Strategic Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Human Resource Management, and Interpreting Company Accounts.

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Interpreting Company Accounts 20
Consumer and Business Economics 20
Human Resource Management 20
Understanding Work and Organisations 20
Global Perspectives in Managing People and Organisations 20
Contemporary Chinese Society: Issues and Challenges 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese 40
Level C (HE Advanced) 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
Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese 40
Level C (HE Advanced) 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
Services Marketing 20
Strategic Marketing 20
Consumer Behaviour 20
Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese 20
Introduction to Literature 20
Introduction to Linguistics 20
Introduction to International Film 20
Introduction to Cultural Studies 20
Cities in East Asian Cinema: Culture, History and Identity 20
Surveying East Asian Literatures 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
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
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
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
Study Abroad 20
Year Abroad Work Placement Report 1 20
Year Abroad Work Placement Report 2 20
Year Abroad Project 1 20
Year Abroad Project 2 20
World Spanish 20
Representations of Revolution, Dictatorship and Democracy in Spain and Latin America 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20

You’ll continue your language studies and if you are studying a European Language, you will also choose to study Translation and Interpreting or Language for Professional and Academic Purposes.

You can complement your language study by selecting two optional cultural modules (if you are studying Chinese or Japanese you will only take one module).

You will choose from optional business modules that cover marketing, customer behaviour and finance.

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Case Studies in Finance, Accounting and Business 20
Globalisation: Patterns, Processes & Challenges 20
Marketing and Public Policy 10
Communication and Behaviour Change 10
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship with Lean Innovation 20
Management of Creativity, Design and Innovation 20
Ethnicity and Nationalism in Contemporary China 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese 40
Historical and Cultural Interpretations of China through classics and newspaper reading 20
Level D (HE Further 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
Les valeurs républicaines, le système d'enseignement et le social renewal 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
Contemporary Japanese Animation 20
Literary and cultural expressions in contemporary Japan 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese 40
Level D (Further 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
Global Advertising and Brand Promotion 20
New Product and Service Development 20
Cultural and Heritage Marketing 20
Lusophone Borderlines: Borders and Crossings in Portuguese-Speaking Cultures 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese 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 award-winning 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

  • 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 love being a part of the Modern Languages School - all the staff are so friendly and it has such a community feel. It's reassuring to know that any of the staff and students are always there to help if I need it.

Emma, Modern Languages and Business Studies student

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. 

If you are studying three languages we encourage you to spend some time during the summer vacation in the country of your third language.

If you're studying Chinese or Japanese, you'll spend the year studying at one of our partner universities 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.

Graduates into a range of roles where their language skills are desirable, such as the media, teaching, sales, e-commerce, and areas of finance.

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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+ 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

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.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

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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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