MODERN LANGUAGES DEGREE COURSES
Are you interested in studying French, German, Spanish, or Italian language? Would you like to discover the cultural richness of the world in which we live and work? If so, come to Swansea’s Languages Translation and Communication Department and learn how languages contribute to mutual understanding and a sense of global citizenship between different countries, cultures, communities and people.
The Department of Languages, Translation and Communication at Swansea is the biggest and most dynamic language teaching institution in Wales, offering a wide range of degree schemes to suit your interests and career aspirations. Our academic staff have a world-class reputation for the standard of their research and our professional and creative staff are experts in their specialist areas. We are committed to delivering truly exciting teaching programmes which are intellectually wide-ranging, stimulating and demanding.
Ms Ute Keller, Modern Languages, Translation and Communication
We offer undergraduate programmes in the subjects of French, German, Italian, Spanish-Hispanic Studies and Translation, and we are currently the only university that offers you the chance to study several European languages through the medium of Welsh.
As a modern languages student at Swansea, you will benefit from our facilities, including our labs where you can access a vast range of foreign language channels and our collection of foreign language films housed in the library. You will also have plenty of opportunity to participate in cultural events specific to the country of the language(s) you are studying and to meet native speakers through our student societies.
Some graduates go on to study Masters degrees, PhDs and pursue a career in academia. We offer the MA Literary Translation, MA in Translation and Interpreting and the MA in Translation with Language Technology (one or two year programmes).
Our students study in a warm and friendly atmosphere and have the opportunity to interact with lecturers, visiting writers and co-students. Each student is assigned a personal tutor for the duration of their degree, with regular meetings to discuss the student's progress. Personal tutors provide pastoral support and guidance on issues that might affect the student's studies or well-being, and can also help arrange further support from Student Services where necessary.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Employability rates for modern languages graduates are extremely good (see Languages and Careers at Swansea University ). For some jobs excellent language skills are a pre-requisite, e.g. teaching, translating and interpreting and some civil service departments. There are many other careers where you will use your language(s) alongside other skills, for instance in the media, global busines, finance and accountancy, government, international trade and sales, marketing, hospitality and many other fields. You will also develop important transferable skills with us, such as communication and analytical skills.
We are home to five research centres and groupings: the Centre for Contemporary German Culture (CCGC); the Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM); the Centre for Research into Iberian Stage and Screen (CRISS); the Centre for Translation Research and Multilingualism (TRAM) and the Research Group for the Study of Modern European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory (MEICAM). The Centres promote research through collaborative work, research seminars, informal reading groups, conferences, publications and also inform and enhance our teaching. Languages, Translation and Media Research Expertise (PDF)
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