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Modern Languages and English BA

New Course for 2018 - Programme Under Development

UCAS code
RQ93
Year of entry
2018
Course length
4 years full time
Department
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures »
English »

This Joint Honours course you will deepen your understanding of English literature, and give you the opportunity to gain fluency in the language of your choice - French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Whether you start at beginners’, advanced or native-speaker level, you will study the core language components for the language you have chosen, gaining skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening. All our teaching is led by native speakers.

The remainder of your modern languages study will give you an opportunity to explore the literature, art, culture and history of the language area you are studying, from seventeenth-century French theatre to representations of childhood and youth in German culture, and from Italian fashion and design to visual arts from all the corners of the Spanish-speaking world. As a modern linguist, you will develop excellent communication and research skills, and combine lingusitic proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.

In your third year you will have the opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying abroad, where you will immerse yourself in another language and culture, truly broadening your horizons in the process.

  • On graduation you will have language and analytical skills in a modern language together with additional knowledge of culture, society and history, culture and society that will give you a valuable competitive edge in an increasingly globalised world.
  • Our research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014).

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing.

You can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. The course's structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English.

  • You will gain a solid knowledge of the whole range of English literature from its beginnings to its latest developments, ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie.
  • Study unusual, non-traditional subjects such as the body in the 18th century or time in modern literature or courses incorporating visual arts and cinema.

Core modules

Year 1

All languages we teach have a beginners', post-A Level, and native speaker level pathway, allowing you to study one ab initio (from scratch).

As a Modern Languages student you will take:

Critical Analysis for Linguists

In this module you will develop an understanding of the practice of critical analysis. You will look at examples from literature, film and visual arts, considering a range of cultural and historial contexts, with all passages given in English transalation alongside the original. You will examine techniques and approaches that are required for modern languages study, with an awareness of the cultural specificities of the language areas covered. 

If you speak your chosen language as a native speaker then you will take:

Introduction to Translation - Professional Skills

In this module you will develop an understanding of the terminology and techniques of inter-lingual translation. You will look at the the roles and challenges of the professional translator across different translation scenarios, considering a number of text types, such as literature, journals, reports, manuals, marketing materials, business correpsondence and web content. You will examine the specificities of target language syntax and style, translaton scenarios and strategies, and communicative and sematic translation.

If you choose to study French ab initio (from scratch) you will take Intensive French for Beginners 1. If you have studied the language to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take Pratique du Français 1. If you are a native speaker then you will take French Language - Culture and Translation.

Intensive French for Beginners I

In this module you will develop your core skills in French without prior knowledge of the language. You will look at the basic French grammatical structures and examine the diversity of culture in Francophone countries. You will gain confidence in conversing everyday matters with clear pronounciation, and read simple written texts in French. You will become familiar with writing short paragraphs in French on everyday matters, or in answer to reading comprehension questions, and enhance your comprehension skills to understand simple recordings and conversations.

Pratique du Français I

In this module you will develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the French language, building a wide and specific vocabulary. In written French, you will look at a range of themes, including French Institutions, the French Revolution, 'Laïcité' and 'La francophonie'. In spoken French, you will discuss and present on a variety of audio-visual materials as well as texts, with topics linked to French current affairs, media, cultural issues in French and other Francophone countries. In the practice seminars, you will gain enhanced listening comprehension skills, oral skills and knowledge of grammatical structure.

French Language - Culture and Translation

In this module you will develop an understanding of both French-English translation and critical analysis of French-language material. You will look at a range of source material, which may include prose fiction, poetry, drama, film, graphic novels, multimedia and web content, and / or newspaper and magazine articles. You will closely examine the syntactical, stylistic, lexical and culturally specific features of a range of French-language text types, and explore published translations of French material to discern the translation strategies adopted. You will consider a range of translation issues, including cultural specificity, untranslatability, intercultural communication, as well as stylistic features, idioms, techniques of linguistic compensation, and word order.

If you choose to study German ab initio (from scratch) then you will take Intensive German for Beginners 1. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard then you will take German Language 1. If you are a native speaker then you will take German Language - Culture and Translation.

Intensive German for Beginners 1

In this module you will develop you ability to understand common phrases and expressions in written and spoken German relating to basic personal and familial information, employment, and local geography. You will look at the structure of the German language and learn to write complex texts. You will also examine the culture and diversity of German-speaking countries.

German Language 1

In this module you will develop a broad general vocabulary and be able to understand natural, idiomatic spoken German. You will become familar with reading simple written passages of authentic German, identifying and analyising the syntactical and grammatical structures in these. You will look at a range of modern written styles and conventions, writing your own short passages on a variety of set topics, and discuss personal and cultural issues in written and spoken German.

German Language - Culture and Translation

In this module you will develop an understanding of both German-English translation and critical analysis of German-language material. You will look at a range of source material, which may include prose fiction, poetry, drama, film, graphic novels, multimedia and web content, and / or newspaper and magazine articles. You will closely examine the syntactical, stylistic, lexical and culturally specific features of a range of German-language text types, and explore published translations of German material to discern the translation strategies adopted. You will consider a range of translation issues, including cultural specificity, untranslatability, intercultural communication, as well as stylistic features, idioms, techniques of linguistic compensation, and word order.

If you choose to study Italian ab initio (from scratch) you will take Intensive Italian for Beginners 1. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take Advanced Italian Language 1. If you are a native speaker then you will take Italian Language - Culture and Translation.

Intensive Italian for Beginners I

 

Advanced Italian Language 1

 

Italian Language - Culture and Translation

 

If you choose to study Spanish ab initio (from scratch) you will take Intensive Spanish 1. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take Spanish 1. If you are a native speaker then you will take Spanish Language - Culture and Translation

Intensive Spanish I

 

Spanish 1

 

Spanish Language - Culture and Translation

 

The core modules in English Literature are:

Critical Foundations - Thinking as a Critic

The aim of this module is to help you make the transition into university level work by introducing you to reading, writing and thinking as a critic. The module focuses on developing the abilities and skills of literary criticism and introducing the concepts, ideas and histories that are central to English as a discipline, including questions about interpretation, periodization, form, genre, canon, value, intention, narrative, voice, framing and identity. 

Re-orienting the Novel

This module introduces you to the origins, developments and innovations of the novel form through a range of contemporary, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels. Organised thematically, the module considers earlier novels in relation to contemporary examples. 

Introduction to Poetry

This module is designed to introduce you to a variety of major poems in English from the Renaissance to the present day. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a wide range of poems from Shakespeare to the present; a familiarity with a variety of poetic forms; an understanding of how poetry functions; and the necessary skills for analysing poetic technique.

Year 2

If you speak your chosen language at native speaker level you will take:

Questions of Translation and Transcultural Communication

In this module you will develop an understanding of the theories of communication and translation, and the key trends and tendencies within these fields. You will look intercultural cummincation and its political, economic and social implications, considering how meaning are carried between and affect different cultural contexts, undergoing shifts in the process. You will also examine broader questions of language and representaton in the globalised world.

If you are stuyding French ab initio (from scratch) you will take Intensive French for Beginners 2. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take Pratique du Français 2. If you are a native speaker then you will take Advanced French Translation - Skills and Practice

Intensive French for Beginners 2

In this module you will further develop your ability to communicate effectively in French, in writing or orally, with good grammatical and lexical accuracy. You will look at texts from a variety of sources and examine authentic recordings from a range of subjects. Much of the content is delivered in French, with the exception of grammar classes, which are taught in English.

Pratique du Français 2

In this module you will further develop your ability to communicate effectively in French, enhancing your linguistic and analytical skills. You will learn to write concisely, accurately and effectively, paying particular attention to style and register as well as to specific methods of analysis. You will study key themes, such as ‘Le travail en France’, ‘le malaise social’, and ‘les jeunes et la société’, gaining an enhanced understanding of contemporary French cultural and social issues. You will read and analyse texts from a variety of sources, ranging from literature to journalism, with particular focus on how to structure an argument. You will also look at the techniques of film analysis.

Advanced French Translation - Skills and Practice

In this module you will develop an understanding of translation from French to English through sustained translation practice. You will look at the syntactical, stylistic, lexical and culturally specific problems generated when translating from French source text to English target text in a range of translation scenarios and across range of text types. You will consider common translation challenges, such as conversion, transfer, compensation, gloss, exoticism, deceptive cognates, lexical gaps and cultural specificities, as well as examining the constraints of character count and house style.

If you are stuyding German ab initio (from scratch) you will take Intensive German for Beginners 2. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take German Langauge 2. If you are a native speaker then you will take Advanced German Translation - Skills and Practice.

Intensive German for Beginners 2

 

German Langauge 2

 

Advanced German Translation - Skills and Practice

 

If you are stuyding Italian ab initio (from scratch) you will take Advanced Italian 2 for Post-Beginners. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take Advanced Italian 2. If you are a native speaker then you will take Advanced Italian Translation - Skills and Practice.

Advanced Italian 2 for Post-Beginners

 

Advanced Italian 2

 

Advanced Italian Translation - Skills and Practice

 

If you are stuyding Spanish ab initio (from scratch) you will take Intensive Spanish 2. If you have taken the subject to A-level (or equivalent) standard you will take Spanish 2. If you are a native speaker then you will take Advanced Spanish Translation - Skills and Practice.

Intensive Spanish 2

 

Spanish 2

 

Advanced Spanish Translation - Skills and Practice

 

The core modules in English Literature are:

Introduction to Medieval Literature

This module introduces you to the earliest literary writings in English, covering a span of eight hundred years, from 700 to 1500. You will cover an extensive range of genres and texts - from Beowulf to Arthurian romance, and dream vision to religious drama, and think about issues of vital concern and interest to medieval writers and audiences: religion, love, violence, the supernatural, and kingship and society.

Shakespeare

This module facilitates a deeper - as well as a more pleasurable and rewarding - understanding of the range of Shakespeare’s work. You will be encouraged to think about the plays as theatre as well as printed literature, although a main feature of the course will be its close attention to the extraordinary fertility and force of Shakespeare’s dramatic language. While paying close attention to Shakespeare’s very different historical context in the Renaissance, the module will be equally concerned with the question of whether the plays are still relevant to us today.

Year 3

The third year of this degree programme will be spent abroad, either studying or working or both. It is usually expected that students will spend at least 9 months overseas, in countries where the native langauges match the languages the student is studying. Students studying two langauges will be expected to divide their time between two relevant countries, i.e. one for each langauge. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures will support students in finding a suitable study or work placement, but students are also expected to explore opportunities independently and the ultimate responsibility for securing such a placement lies with the student. Alternatively students may choose to enrol for courses at a partner university in the relevant country. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme; students on placement will be asked to complete assessed work which will be credited towards their degree, while in the case of those studying at a university, marks obtained for courses taken will be credited towards their degree. The same applies to the assessment of spoken language on return to Royal Holloway from the period of residence abroad.

Year 4

If you are stuyding French then you will take Pratique du Français 3.

Pratique du Français 3

In this module you will enhance your ability to analyse and compare written material from different sources. You will develop competence in accurate and discursive French, and extend your oral presentation skills, with particular emphasis on the formal spoken register. You will look at extracts from French documentaries and feature films, and listen to recordings and podcasts, such as the France Inter and France Culture programmes. You will also look at a range of of cultural questions and examine the key features of French culture and society.

If you are stuyding German then you will take German Language 3.

German Language 3

 

If you are stuyding Italian then you will take Advanced Italian 3.

Advanced Italian 3

 

If you are stuyding Spanish then you will take Spanish 3.

Spanish 3

 

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Optional cultural modules in Modern Languages include:

International Film 1 - Contexts and Practices

 

Reading Texts - Criticism for Comparative Literature

 

Tales of the City - Introduction to Thematic Analysis

 

The Birth of Film

 

Visual Arts 1 - An Introduction to Visual Media

 

Optional cultural modules in French include:

The Visual Image in French Culture and Society

 

Introduction to French Literature - Critical Skills

 

The Individual and Society - Key Works

 

French History Through Film

 

Optional cultural modules in German include:

German History and Culture

 

Optional cultural modules in Italian include:

Politics, Religion, and Love - the Italian Three Crowns (Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio)

 

Fascist Italy

 

Optional cultural modules in Spanish include:

Passion and Betrayal on the Spanish Stage

 

Culture and Identity in Latin America

 

Comparative Hispanic Culture

 

Visualising Cuba - Text, Image and Representation

 

Optional modules in English Literature include:

Introduction to Medieval Literature

 

Shakespeare

 

Year 2

Optional cultural modules in Modern Languages include:

International Film 2 - Readings and Representations

 

A Special Theme in the Novel - Transgressions

 

Histories of Representation

 

Critical and Comparative Approaches

 

Visual Arts 2 - Genres and Movements

 

Deviance, Defiance and Disorder in Early Modern Spanish and French Literature

 

Gender and Clothing in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

 

Optional cultural modules in French include:

Approaches to Translation Work

 

Socio-Political Issues of Contemporary France in Fiction and Translation

 

Writing Romance and Desire

 

Cinema in France

 

Optional cultural modules in German include:

Death, Desire, Decline - Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka

 

Love and Marriage in Novels of Fontane

 

Representations of Childhood and Youth in Modern German Culture

 

Optional cultural modules in Italian include:

Postwar Italian Cinema - The Auteur Tradition

 

Art and Literature in Renaissance Florence

 

Italian Crime Fiction

 

Optional cultural modules in Spanish include:

Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Film

 

Twentieth Century Mexican Visual Arts and Film

 

Rebels, Revolution and Rebellion in Latin America

 

Optional modules in English Literature include:

Middle English Poetry

 

Medieval Drama

 

Tolkien's Roots - Old English Poetry and Modern Medievalism

 

Medieval Dream and Vision

 

Medieval Epic and Romance

 

The Gawain-Poet

 

Myths of Origin in Old English Literature

 

Old English Riddles

 

Love, Honour, Obey' - Literature, 1525 to 1670

 

Intensive Shakespeare - Comedy, History, Tragedy

 

Witchcraft and Drama, 1576 to 1642

 

Theatre and The City, 1590 to 1625

 

Early Modern Bodies

 

Paradise in Early Modern Literature

 

Gender and Writing in the Eighteenth Century

 

Eighteenth Century Bodies

 

The Age of Oppositions - Literature, 1660 to 1780

 

Tristram Shandy and the Experimental Novel

 

Fictions of Sensation

 

Victoria Literature

 

Romanticisms

 

Creative Writing - Structure and Style

 

Writing Migrant Identities

 

Enivornmental Literatures

 

Four National Poets - Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead and Paula Meehan

 

Literature of The Fin de Siècle

 

British Drama from Shaw to Priestly

 

Dark Reform - Scandal and Satire in American Culture

 

Contemporary Debates in Literary and Critical Theory

 

Modernist Literature

 

Year 4

Optional cultural modules in Modern Languages include:

International Film 2 - Readings and Representations

 

A Special Theme in the Novel - Transgressions

 

Histories of Representation

 

Critical and Comparative Approaches

 

Visual Arts 2 - Genres and Movements

 

Deviance, Defiance and Disorder in Early Modern Spanish and French Literature

 

Gender and Clothing in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

 

Optional cultural modules in French include:

French Advanced Translating Skills

 

Image, Identity and Consumer Culture in Post-war French Fiction and Film

 

Text and Image in France - From Cubism to the Present

 

Ethics and Violence - Murder, Suicide and Genocide in Literature and Film

 

Artists and Writers of the French Avant-Garde

 

Blindness and Vision in French Culture

 

Villains and Villainy in Seventeenth Century France

 

French Dissertation

 

Optional cultural modules in German include:

Narrative and Identity - The German Novel

 

Dark Tales. E.T.A. Hoffmann and German Romanticism

 

National Socialism and the Third Reich in German Film and Visual Culture From 1933 to the Present

 

German Dissertation

 

Optional cultural modules in Italian include:

Dante – The Divine Comedy (Paradiso)

 

Shooting History - Dictatorship, Terror and Crime in Italian Film

 

The Postmodern in Italian Literature Pioneers, Practitioners and Critics

 

Optional cultural modules in Spanish include:

Contemporary Mexican Cinema

 

Spanish American Literature - An Overview

 

Devotion, Deceit, Desire - Literature of the Spanish Golden Age

 

Horror Cinema in the Hispanic World

 

Spanish Dissertation

 

Optional modules in English Literature include:

A Marriage of Minds?

 

Special Author Project - Joseph Conrad

 

Special Author Project - Virginia Woolf

 

Special Author Project - Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales

 

Special Author Project - The Brontes

 

Special Author Project - John Donne

 

Special Author Project - Charles Dickens

 

Special Author Project - Thomas Hardy

 

Special Author Project - J.M. Coetzee

 

Special Author Project - Samuel Beckett

 

Special Author Project - Christopher Marlowe

 

Special Author Project - Oscar Wilde

 

Of Circumference - Reading Emily Dickinson

 

Rewriting Mythologies in 20th Century Literature

 

Character - Literary Persons, Selfhood and Interiority in Early Modern Literature

 

Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture

 

Special Topic - The Girl in the Book

 

The Post-Colonial Novel - the Art of Resistance

 

The Pre-Raphaelite Movement in Art and Literature

 

Byron, Modernity and Europe, 1780 to 1830

 

Sex, Death and Celebrity - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama

 

African-American Literature

 

Science Fiction

 

The Literature of Chicago

 

Theatre and the City - 1590 to 1730

 

Visual and Verbal in the Long Nineteenth Century

 

The New York Schools - Poetry, Painting and Music in the 1950s

 

The Nineteen Thirties, Fiction and the Road to War

 

Vernacular Writing

 

Tolkien's Roots - Old English Poetry and Modern Medievalism

 

Old English Riddles

 

Witchcraft and Drama, 1576 to 1642

 

Paradise in Early Modern English Literature

 

Middle English Poetry

 

Medieval Epic and Romance

 

Beowulf and The Critics

 

Literature and Philosophy

 

Fictions of Sensation

 

Writing Migrant Identities

 

Advanced Romanticism - The 18teens

 

Children's Literature

 

The Art of Noise

 

A Year in the Life of Victorian Fiction - 1855

 

The Lives of Writing

 

Ethics and Aesthetics in the novels of J.M. Coetzee

 

Reading Beowulf

 

Medieval Drama

 

Old English Literature

 

Advanced Shakespeare - The Problem Plays

 

Early Modern Bodies

 

Medieval Dream and Vision

 

Painting / Writing

 

Gender and Writing in the Eighteenth Century

 

Tristram Shandy and the Experimental Novel

 

Everyday Literature

 

Queer Histories - Contemporary Gay and Lesbian British and Irish Fiction

 

Odysseus' Scar - Time in Modern Literature and Film

 

Pastoral

 

Visual and Verbal in the Long Nineteenth Century

 

The Great American Novella

 

Exploring James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

 

Tragedy

 

Literatures of Genocide and Atrocity

 

Shakespeare in Stages - Shakespearen Adaptation across Four Centuries

 

Shakespearean Echoes, Off shoots and Responses

 

Special Topic: Ideas in Contemporary Fiction

 

Poetic Practice

 

The Brontës

 

Reading The Waste Land

 

The course has a modular structure, whereby you will take 14 modules at the rate of four per year in years 1, 2 and 4, and two during your year abroad. Some modules are compulsory while others are optional, thereby offering you flexibility and choice. Your first year results don't count towards your final degree award, but those achieved in your second, third and fourth years will.

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, depending on the subjects studied. Outside classes, you will undertake group projects and wide-ranging, but guided independent study, including completing language exercises and reading prescribed and open material. Private study is essential, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor to support your academic and personal development. 

In your first year with the English department, you will also work in small groups of just four or five students focusing on study skills such as close reading, essay writing and presentation and self-editing. As you progress through your degree, these tutorials focus on your own personal development, for instance working on your CV.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examinations. Coursework includes long and short essays, language exercises, translations, reports, commentaries and portfolios of creative work. Oral presentations and computer-based tests are used in some Modern Languages modules to assess grammar and comprehension skills. You can, to some extent, choose modules which suit your own assessment preferences.

You will also take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This module does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB-ABB
How we assess your application:  predicted grades lower than our typical offers are considered.  Read more about what we look for here.

  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required.
  • Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Required/preferred subjects

Required subjects: 

  • A-level grade B in  English Literature or English Literature & Language
  • Grade B at A-Level in the appropriate language(s) for the advanced level language pathway.  For the beginner pathway there is no language requirement but only one language can be studied at beginner level.
  • Please note that if you choose to apply for this programme you will need to provide details of which languages you wish to study on your UCAS application form.  For further details on how to do this this please visit our How to Apply page.

We also require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level, including English Literature and the appropriate language if taken at Higher Level, with a minimum of 32 points overall.
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in relevant subject, including distinction in all
essay units plus grade A in GCSE English Literature. An A-level grade B in the appropriate language is needed if the advanced level language pathway is required.  There is no language requirement for beginners level.
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction,Distinction in a related subject, plus grade B in A-Level English Literature or English Language & Literature
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction in a related subject, plus A-levels Grades AB including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature 
Welsh Baccalaureate

A non-subject specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB-ABB including B in English Literature or English Literature & Language
Scottish Highers

AAABB including B in English Literature or English Literature & Language

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including H3 in English Literature or English Lit/Lang. Also, including the appropriate language if the advanced level language pathway is required. There is no language requirement for beginner level.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass with at least 24 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit. Distinction to be achieved in all Level 3 English studies units. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall

  • with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For equivalencies please see here.

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Choosing a joint honours degree which combines modern languages and English gives you the best of both worlds through an increased skillset and access to a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Having spent a year abroad you will have developed the kind of sensitivity to different cultures that is highly prized in the workplace. This experience and the skills gained will make you highly employable and ready to pursue your chosen career, whether that be in Britain or abroad.

Modern languages graduates have entered a wide range of careers including international management, consultancy, sales and marketing, media and publishing, banking, the arts, politics, teaching, travel and tourism, translating and interpreting as well as language assistants and teacher trainers.

Recent employers include:

  • Mazda Motors Europe
  • The British Council
  • Oxfam Head Office
  • Merlin Entertainments Group
  • Ralph Lauren

Taking a degree in English sets you up with great prospects for future employability.  On the course itself we place a strong emphasis on your future employability, meaning the skills that you gain won’t just be applicable to the study of English.

Although many of our students go on to further study in literature and other fields, skills such as research, presentation, teamwork, negotiation and communication will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. 

In your second year, you'll meet with your personal tutor group, to work on planning your career beyond university. In the past, graduates from this course have gone on to careers in

  • law
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • finance
  • business
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • media

Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year**: £16,500

Other essential costs***: The cost of your year abroad will vary by country. Typical living costs to consider will be accommodation, food and household items, entertainment, travel, books and bills (including your mobile phone). You'll also need to budget for travel to and from your country of study. Additional costs compared to studying in the UK will also depend on personal choices and it is important to research the cost of living before the year commences.

How do I pay for it?  Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates starting their degrees in 2018 is controlled by Government regulations, and details are not yet known. The UK Government has also announced that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.

**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our  terms & conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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