BA Modern Languages: Portuguese

Portuguese is one of the six most widely spoken world languages, with over 200 million speakers in Portugal, Brazil, and African countries such as Angola and Mozambique. Studying Portuguese at the University of Exeter brings you into contact with one of the most diverse cultures in the world and its literary, linguistic and artistic manifestations.

 You will study in an engaging research-active environment, examining not only the cultures and literatures of the Portuguese-speaking world, but also Portuguese linguistics: this includes the established and emerging dialects of Portuguese, as well as the current sociolinguistic situation in Lusophone Africa and Creole societies, among other topics. You can also can pick up a number of open modules on linguistics, literature, medieval history, visual arts, film and culture offering you the chance to further customise the programme to suit you.

In addition to theoretical learning, you will undertake intense practical language training. Over four years, you will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff at the forefront of their disciplines, whose research interests feed into the overall programme. Students can also take advantage of the excellent facilities in the Foreign Language Centre.

The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK, with all of our languages ranked in the top 10 in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Complete University Guide 2019, and the department ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in Portugal or Brazil either studying at one of our renowned partner universities such as Coimbra and Porto in Portugal and Santa Catarina in Brazil, teaching English as part of a British Council placement or gaining valuable employment experience and practical applied learning by working abroad. Work placements in Portugal can be part-funded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme. 

By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.

Degree programmes

You can study Portuguese through three pathways:

  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree (providing no more than one language is studied from beginners’ level)
  • with Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme 

Programme variations