This innovative 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.
Alongside your language study, in the MLang Languages and Contemporary European Studies programme you will explore the history and politics of European integration, with a particular focus on political, legal and economic structures and major themes related to society, ideology and culture. You will also have the opportunity to take modules studying the cultural, social, historical and linguistic issues that are related to languages you are studying and the areas of the world in which they are spoken. The programme is responsive to changes in the field of European studies and the needs of students and employers, enabling you to develop analytical, research and personal skills relevant to a range of careers and professions, and especially those which have a strong European dimension.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.
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.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
AAA from 3 A levels including A in one languageGeneral Studies is not accepted.
36 points with 18 at the Higher Level, including 6 at higher level in one language
Intake: 150 Average applicants per place: 8
UCAS application and one-to-one interview
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Southampton.