The University of Southampton
Humanities

1E45 MLang Languages and Contemporary European Studies (Integrated Masters in Languages) (4 years)

 

PLEASE NOTE: Recruitment to this programme is now closed.

 

This programme is one of the few European studies courses based in a modern languages programme. It combines many of the attractions of a modern languages degree with a wide range of social and cultural studies. You will study two European languages from a range that currently includes French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. You will need an A level in one language but the other can be started from scratch. Your third year will be spent abroad in a country where one of your languages is spoken.

Introducing your degree

If you have ambitions of a career in Europe, the MLang Languages and Contemporary European Studies can give you a head start. Build your foreign language vocab skills through two languages of your choice while studying the culture, history and political aspects of that country. Immerse yourself in the EU and European identity to prepare yourself for visiting the country of your chosen language in the third year. Apply for the MLang Languages and Contemporary European Studies and head towards a fulfilling cultural career.

Overview

Programme Structure

Years one and two
The MLang Languages and Contemporary European Studies in years one and two is broadly the same as the corresponding undergraduate programme but in your second year you are also required to take a module entitled “Languages for Academic Study" which is designed to prepare you for studies at the partner university during the year abroad.


Year three - the year abroad
You will select from a range of relevant modules at the partner university and you will take an assessed language module for each language as well as taking two other online modules from Southampton (research skills and one language related content module). Students studying two languages are strongly advised to take up a three month work or study placement in a second country either prior to or following the year abroad. Modules taken at the partner university and online modules from Southampton will all contribute to the final degree classification and marks awarded by the partner university will be translated in accordance with Humanities guidelines.


Preparation and support
You will be carefully prepared both for the year abroad and for higher levels of study. We have well established procedures for supporting you as you prepare for the year abroad and you will receive risk assessment training and will be assigned an academic advisor who will support you in your studies both at Southampton and abroad.

Year 4 - the Masters year
In your final year back in Southampton you will choose modules from Modern Languages Masters programmes and will complete research in an area related to your programme in which you have developed an interest. This will be supervised by a member of academic staff with the relevant research interest. You will write your Masters dissertation in the summer at the end of your fourth year. As an MLang student you are expected to participate in the Humanities research community through Graduate School events and ML research seminars.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

Modern Languages and Linguistics at Southampton has been ranked in the top five universities by The Guardian every year since 2007.

Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Portuguese

A wide range of learning and teaching resources are available, including multimedia labs, electronic whiteboards and language-specific resource rooms

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAA from 3 A levels including A in one language

We accept all A levels except General Studies. 

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate36 points with 18 at the Higher Level, including 6 at higher level in one language
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is ABB from 3 A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

In year one you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress.

A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad in year three, and for the academic work you will complete during this year.

You will study two languages chosen from: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Language 1 must have already been studied to A Level or equivalent (stage 3/4)
Language 2 can be started from scratch

The language levels available, vary from year to year, depending on students' requirements.  To check which language levels are avalable for a particular language, please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
XXXX9___ Language 1
XXXX9___ Language 2 

Compulsory
Reading the City
Transformations of The Modern World

Year 3

You will spend the year abroad in a country where one of the chosen languages is spoken, either as:

 

  • an English language assistant
  • studying on a university course
  • on an approved work placement

Further Information:

Year abroad

Year 4

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

As part of your free options you may backtrack to up to 2 final year BA modules (maximum 15 ECTS). You may only choose options which you have not already taken as an ISM or online in Year 3.

Semester Two

Compulsory language module:

XXXX9___ Language 1

XXXX9___ Language 2

Optional

If you are planning a dissertation in a subject related to culture, history, social and political studies choose TRAN6011. If you are planning a dissertation in the area of linguistics choose LING6017.

Research Skills
Research Skills 2
Writing and Written Language
Intercultural Communication
Developing Approaches to Language Teaching
Audiovisual Translation
Transnational Movement in the Age of Globalisation
Cultural Flows

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentAll laboratory equipment and materials are provided. Computer Discs or USB drives- Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses- All software is provided Hardware- It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.
PlacementsAs you know, the ML third part includes a period of study or work abroad as a compulsory element of a four part degree, and as a result, all students pay reduced home tuition fees to Southampton their third part (currently 15% for home and EU students, 40% for International Students) irrespective of what placement they take up. However, as happens whilst you are in Southampton, students are expected to pay their own travel expenses, accommodation and other living expenses. So that you can assess the viability of the different options available to you, the following outlines their general cost implications, but please do bear in mind that these may vary enormously from student to student depending on what placement is selected and where it is located. Should you need further information, please contact the relevant RA language coordinator. Students are eligible for a small grant through the British Council, which is means tested against their salary (if relevant) and which varies every part (as a guide, students this part receive around 350-400 Euros per month). The only exceptions to this are students who currently live full-time with their parents and for whom household income is above the threshold. British Council students also receive a monthly salary (this varies country to country) and are expected to pay for their International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) checks, which are mandatory and currently cost £45. University students tend to receive a slightly higher grant than those who working for the British Council since they are not in receipt of a salary. They pay no tuition fees to their host university. Work placement students may or may not be paid, and their grant is calculated accordingly. These students are not eligible for the British Council grant but may be able to apply for funding to support their travel etc. through the International Office. All students are expected to pay for their own student visas; costs vary from country to country. Students studying in Latin America or China will generally have to pay host university fees, although typically these are no more than £100 for the academic part. Students working in Latin America are not generally paid a stipend. Some receive free accommodation, travel or meals as a work benefit, others (generally in voluntary work) often also have to pay to join the scheme and be eligible to work do not receive this. Students taking place in the Mexico link receive a bursary.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We offer a number of optional employability modules.

A year abroad can also give you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Your specialities in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers.
By successfully completing the MLang you will be in a strong position for future PhD study and an academic career.

Learning & Assessment

A humanities degree at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of industries.

Led by academic staff, your teaching will allow you to engage with and contribute to the world-leading research carried out at Southampton as it happens. Our staff value your opinion and views: lectures are typically followed by a small group seminar which gives you the opportuinity to explore ideas and themes that you feel are particularly relevant. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Visiting speakers from international universities and successful professionals are a frequent part of our lecture series.

Your course will be incredibly flexible to suit your personal aims and objectives. Within your degree there will be a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics passionate about their research who want to engage you in their experience. You can choose subjects from beyond your degree to fashion the knowledge and experiences that you think will best help you in the career in front of you. Each module has a home on our virtual learning environment which serves as a starting point to find out more about each subject and undertake independent research to develop your understanding to a greater depth.

You will be assessed by more than simply essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in groups and teams; make presentations; submit group projects; undertake fieldwork; create portfolios and manage larger research projects such as dissertations. Your academic advisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

You will find the key skills employers seek - such as time management, problem solving, team work, deadline and project management, cultural awareness, working on initiative and independently, relationship building and analysis - embedded in your learning. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and that they can understand.

Our courses have many unique and exciting opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library – the former home of Jane Austen, the Broadlands Archive containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten, research active fieldwork placements, placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, the student associates scheme and our extended project mentoring module. All our students have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture.

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