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Multilingual Studies with International Relations (BA)

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Course details

This course allows you to study three modern languages together – including one that you start from scratch when you join us - as well as studying International Relations, which comprises 25% of the course. It's a rare opportunity to combine intensive study across three different languages and to explore the related literature, history, art and culture. International Relations offers a choice of subjects in areas such as human rights, international law and social justice, that will give your language study an extra dimension.

You will study at one of the country's leading language departments with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research across all its subjects. With a year spent abroad in one or more relevant countries, the course offers the ideal pathway to those who want to excel in a variety of European languages.

Key facts

Key facts about the course
UCAS code Q1L2
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Duration Four years full-time
Department Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Politics and International Relations

Fees / funding

Please visit the Fees and funding pages for the latest information about tuition fees and the different sources of funding which may be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the Applying section of our website.

If you are interested in applying to Royal Holloway, why not arrange a visit to our campus to see for yourself what academic and student life is like here. The College runs three annual Open days which give you the chance to meet our students and teaching staff, and get a taste of what university life is really like.

Prospective students who receive an offer of a place are invited to attend a UCAS day, where they are shown around the departments, given the opportunity to opportunity to meet current staff and students and discuss aspects of the degree course in more depth.

Entry requirements

Year of entry (select):

Year 1
Year 2

Typical offers - 2016

Typical offers
A-levels ABB including two languages from French, German, Italian or Spanish
GCSE At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English.
English language

IELTS 6.5 overall including 7.0 in Writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies please see here.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 34 points including 6 in two languages from French, German, Italian or Spanish at Higher level
BTEC Extended Diploma Not normally accepted 
BTEC National Diploma Not normally accepted
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Not normally accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Adv Level Core.
Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including TWO languages from French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Scottish Highers  
Irish Leaving Certificate AABBB at Higher Level including TWO languages from French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Access to Higher Education Diploma  

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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Typical offers - 2017

Typical offers
English language
Other UK Qualifications Year 2
International Baccalaureate  
BTEC Extended Diploma  
BTEC National Diploma  
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma  
Welsh Baccalaureate  
Scottish Advanced Highers  
Scottish Highers  
Irish Leaving Certificate  
Access to Higher Education Diploma  

Other UK Qualifications

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International and EU Entry Requirements

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Applicants must have qualifications in at least two of the four languages we offer, that is French, German, Italian and Spanish. While the normal requirement in these cases is a minimum B grade at A2 level, the department will also consider applications from students with an A grade at AS level. Students can take one language (German, Italian or Spanish) from beginner’s level, starting with an intensive beginner’s language unit in the first year. Three languages will be studied in total.

Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications. Special consideration will be given to mature applicants, and we are happy to consider applicants with other qualifications, including QAA-approved Access to HE courses. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant is 21 or over at the time of application and has had a considerable break from education.

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for further information on the entry requirements from their country and English language requirements.  Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

We make decisions based on achieved or predicted grades, personal statements and references. More information on how your application will be assessed, and tips for your personal statement can be found on our Applying pages.


Why choose this course?

  • You will have the chance to study in our state-of-the art, purpose-built facilities, located in the award-winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus, where you will have access to the latest technologies and learning resources.
  • We are one of the very few UK courses offering the opportunity to study three modern languages to the same level.
  • You will have the chance to make a rapid start with a new language.
  • We offer a range of course units in International Relations that will complement your language study.
  • You will spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement.

What you'll learn

Each year you will take three core language course units, choosing three of the four languages offered by the School (French, German, Italian, and Spanish) and one course unit in International Relations.

German, Italian and Spanish are available at beginners’ or advanced level; French is only available at advanced level. Only one language out of the three studied can be taken from beginners' level. Language course units exploit film resources and computer programmes designed by the department, with language laboratories, satellite television and internet available all day for personal study.

In International Relations you can choose from a wide range of specialist fields – such as social justice or international conflict – as well as focus on particular regions including Europe or the Asia Pacific.

Throughout the course, you will:

  • learn to converse and write confidently in your chosen languages
  • analyse and critique materials in a wide variety of media
  • take advantage of excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities
  • appreciate the theory and practice of diplomacy, the mechanisms of international consensus-building, and the role of transnational institutions.

All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.

The websites of the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Politics and International Relations give detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.

View the full course specification for Multilingual Studies with International Relations (BA) in the Programme Specification Repository

How you'll learn & be assessed

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take 14 course units at the rate of four per year in years 1, 2 and 4 and two in the year abroad. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering flexibility and choice.  

Every course is assessed using a varied range of methods such as coursework and end of year examinations. You produce coursework such as essays, language exercises, translations, or reports at regular intervals and the marks you receive for these pieces of work count towards your final mark. We also use oral presentations and computer-based tests to assess grammar and comprehension skills in some course units.

The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second year, year abroad and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.

Employability & career opportunities

Royal Holloway offers rigorous degree courses which will prepare you for a broad range of careers. Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different language-related fields including international management, consultancy, sales and marketing, media and publishing, banking, the arts, politics, the Civil Service, teaching, travel and tourism, translating and interpreting. Our graduates have also gone on to be language assistants and teacher trainers.


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