This course combines the study of Modern Languages (75% of your course) with a particular emphasis on International Film (25%).
As a modern linguist, you will learn to speak and write fluently, developing excellent communication and research skills, and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.
As a student of International Film, you will engage with films from different periods and cultural contexts, exploring key styles, movements and genres, important filmmakers and national cinemas. You will develop a creative and critical mind-set with excellent analytical abilities.
As a part of Royal Holloway’s close-knit international community based on our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London with its wealth of cultural resources.
- Whether you are an advanced or native-speaker level student when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in your chosen languages, confident in reading, understanding and analysing text and able to write with ease and accuracy.
- You will combine your linguistic competence with the capacity to think critically and creatively about international film, and will have a good grounding in the key styles, movements and genres.
- 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)
- Choose beginners’, advanced or native-speaker level French, German, Spanish or Italian.
- Spend a year abroad working, studying or teaching.
- Think critically and creatively about international film.
- Learn to write and analyse in your chosen language with ease and accuracy.
- Consider how language and culture influence fi lmmaking.
Teaching & assessment
This course has a modular structure. Some modules are compulsory while others are optional, thereby offering you flexibility and choice. You will take core modules in the theory and practice of translation and international film studies.
Modules are assessed using a varied range of methods such as coursework and end of year examinations. You will 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 modules. You can, to some extent, choose modules which suit your own assessment preferences.
The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The subsequent years do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.
In your final year, you will produce a translation of a text of your choice together with a critical discussion of the theories and strategies deployed. You will be appointed a tutor who will meet with you regularly, providing gudiance and support. You will also have the option of writing a dissertation.
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.
A Levels: ABB-BBB
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. Read more about what we look for here.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
We accept the following internationally-recognised English language qualifications:
- Pearson Test of English
- Cambridge ESOL
Your future career
As a modern linguist you will have excellent communication, analytical and research skills combined with the proven ability to communicate fluently, alongside practical skills such as translation and interpretation. 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 a career in international business, finance, media and communications, the arts, law translation, travel, consultancy and teaching, both in Britain and abroad.
Graduates have entered a wide range of careers including many language-related fields, such as: international management, consultancy, sales and marketing, media and publishing, banking, the arts, politics, the Civil Service, teaching, travel and tourism, translating and interpreting. Other graduates have gone on to be language assistants and teacher trainers, and many have gone on to advanced study in a variety of fields.
Recent employers include:
- Mazda Motors Europe
- British Council
- Oxfam Head Office
- Merlin Entertainments Group
- Ralph Lauren
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £16500
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.
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates has not yet been confirmed for students starting a degree in the academic year 2019/20.
**Fees for international students starting a degree at Royal Holloway in the academic year 2019/20 have not yet been set, and those for 2018/19 are shown for reference purposes only. Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and 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.