Politics and Modern Languages & Cultures BA

By bringing together your study of politics and languages and cultures, you'll deepen your understanding of European culture and world affairs.

You'll study in one of the top UK departments for research in politics and international relations (ranked 3rd in the Research Excellence Framework 2014). Our teaching is highly innovative, and draws directly on our world-leading research. You'll take at least three politics modules each year, choosing from a wide range of options across British politics, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, political theory and security studies. In the final year you'll carry out your own research project, individually supervised by one of our academics.

The flexibility of the modern languages part of the degree means you have the option to study politics with either one or two of these languages: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You can study Italian on this degree but only alongside a second language as well as politics. Luxembourg Studies is available as an option from year two onwards, either on its own or with a second language and politics.

You can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent).

You'll develop your communication skills in your chosen language or languages to a high level. Optional modules include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

We have recommended pathways through the languages and modules to enable you to create combinations that work well together. However, our flexible approach means you are not constrained by those pathways and we'll help you make the choices that are best for you.

You'll spend the third year of your course abroad. We have a wide range of destinations on offer, both within Europe and beyond. You can choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases take part in exciting volunteering opportunities.

This degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities, close to home and further afield. You'll get extensive training in analytical writing and techniques, as well as other transferable skills. You'll develop highly valuable language skills, and you'll gain a sophisticated understanding of the countries where your chosen language or languages are spoken.

The course prepares you for a variety of professions in the UK and abroad, including law, teaching, translating, journalism, broadcasting, accountancy, or working with governments, international organisations or business.

Dual and combined honours degrees

BA Award
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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Standard offer

Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

ABB

typically including a modern foreign language

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

BBB

typically including a modern foreign language

A Levels + additional qualifications

| BBB, typically including a modern foreign language + B in the EPQ; BBB, typically including a modern foreign language + A in Core Maths

International Baccalaureate

| 33, typically with 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language

32, typically with 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language

BTEC

| DDD in a relevant subject

DDM in a relevant subject

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher

| AABBB + B typically in a modern foreign language

ABBBB + B typically in a modern foreign language

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels

| B + AB, typically including a modern foreign language

B + BB, typically including a modern foreign language

Access to HE Diploma

| 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit

60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements | You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements

GCSE Maths grade 4/C

If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE at grade 4/C or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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