Undergraduate Study

BA International Relations and Modern Languages - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code LR01
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2021
Contact

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAB - ABB
IB: 34/665 - 32/655
BTEC: DDD - DDM

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Overview

  • You’ll explore domestic and global affairs while acquiring a thorough understanding of the language, culture and literature from a diverse range of societies
  • Our smaller class sizes enable you to actively discuss and debate your ideas and work closely with academic staff
  • You’ll gain strong speaking and writing skills in a modern language and spend your third year abroad developing your language skills
  • Get involved with the various Language student societies, make friends, attend socials and seminars and hear from guest speakers
  • Our strong focus on career-related experience and skills will help you achieve your future career aspirations

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5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

9th for Politics in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Opportunities to study abroad

86% or more of our students go into graduate employment or further study within six months of graduating

HESA DLHE Record 2016/17 

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAB-ABB Dependent on subjects chosen
IB 34/665-32/655 Dependent on subjects chosen
BTEC DDD-DDM Dependent on subjects chosen
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Language requirements

  • Grade B at A level is required in any language you intend to study from A level.
  • You may only choose one language.
  • Students wishing to pursue language study on the basis of a GCSE are normally classed as beginners.
  • French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied either from A level or beginner’s level, with both cohorts reaching degree level in the final year. Portuguese and Chinese can normally only be studied from beginner’s level, not from A Level; students of these two languages reach degree level in final year.

Languages and levels available for Combined Honours courses

I want to study a new language at beginner level alongside my other subject (excluding programmes with Arabic)

Modern Languages requirements GCSE grade B/grade 5 (or equivalent) in any Modern Foreign Language
Advanced level languages available n/a
Beginners level languages available Chinese (Mandarin); French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish

I want to study my A level (or equivalent) language at advanced level alongside my other subject (including programmes with Arabic)

Modern Languages requirements A level grade B or IB HL 5 (or equivalent) in the language chosen at advanced level
Advanced level languages available French; German; Italian; Russian; Spanish
Beginners level languages available n/a

Completing your UCAS form

In the section named ‘further details’ on your UCAS application form please indicate in the ‘choices’ field the language and route you wish to study using the abbreviations below, separated by a space:

French Fren
Chinese (Mandarin) Chin
German Germ
Italian Ital
Portuguese Port
Russian Russ
Spanish Span

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Course content

The degree is made up of compulsory and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

You will take half your credits in International Relations and the remaining credits in your chosen language.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year

Please note that the fees for students starting in 2021 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2020 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2021 entry shortly.

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Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

International Relations

We use a wide range of teaching methods as well as encouraging independent study with an increasing emphasis on seminar discussion and project work in your second and third years

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical exercises, project and group work
  • Independent study

Modern Languages

In Modern Languages our teaching aims not to just improve your production and comprehension of the language but also help to develop your language-learning skills.

  • Written language taught through weekly classes of about 18 students
  • Weekly oral practice in classes of around eight with native speakers

You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

  • Essays and projects
  • Practical assignments
  • Oral language tasks
  • Field work notebooks

You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

The Foreign Language Centre

All language students have access to the language-learning facilities provided by the Foreign Language Centre, which include satellite television channels in each of our languages and audio, computer and multi-media language-learning packages

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Your future

Develop skills valued by employers

Combining International Relations with a Modern Language will not only develop your understanding of complex political and cultural issues but you will also graduate with language skills that are particularly valued by a wide range of employers within finance, law, the media as well as the business and public sectors. Alongside this you will gain a range of academic and professional skills including:

  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Independent research
  • Discussion and group work
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Articulating ideas and arguments
  • Organising, planning and time management
  • Assertiveness and enterprise
  • Commercial awareness
  • Communication and leadership

Career paths

The broad range of transferable skills gained on a  International Relations and Modern Languages degree enable graduates to pursue further study or employment in a wide range of careers including:

  • Politics and the civil service
  • International organisations
  • Interpreter/translator
  • Journalism and media
  • Finance and commerce
  • Teaching
  • Business and Management
  • Marketing and communications
  • The voluntary and charity sector

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate in the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers based within Colleges.

The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

Further study

A Modern Languages degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study, and recent graduates have progressed to a range of courses, including: MA European Politics, Graduate Diploma in Law, PGCE Secondary French, MA International Relations, MSc Globalisation and Latin American Development and MA Translation and Professional Language Skills.

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