About Modern Languages at Leicester
At Leicester we have teaching and research expertise in French, Italian, Spanish (including Latin America), and translation and interpreting. We also offer courses in languages for non-specialists through Languages at Leicester.
We provide our students with an outstanding learning experience. In its annual survey of UK universities, The Guardian's University Guide 2019 ranked Modern Languages at Leicester as 7th in the country. The survey examined all three language areas offered at Leicester (French, Italian and Spanish studies) and encompasses such diverse factors as staff-to-student ratios, student satisfaction and graduate employability.
We are also committed to widening participation. In 2015 Dr Michelle Harrison (French) and Dr Maria Guarnieri (Italian) were announced as the inaugural winners of the University of Leicester’s Widening Participation Award, recognising their strong commitment to engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in modern languages.
Excellence in teaching
Our students enjoy a challenging and stimulating path to a degree. We have achieved excellent results in the annual National Student Survey exercise, and in various independently calculated league tables. In the 2018 National Student Survey our Modern Languages degrees were ranked 2nd nationally for overall student satisfaction, with an average score of 97.8% across our programmes. Whichever language or subject you study at Leicester, you can be sure of the highest level of teaching and pastoral support from our staff.
Excellence in research
Underpinning the quality of our teaching is our wide range of research activity. Our research interests range from contemporary Italian literature and photography, through to South American literature, French minority studies, and translation pedagogy.
Language learning opportunities
We offer a range of methods for gaining confidence and fluency in your language(s), including a hugely popular summer school scheme for undergraduates at the end of their first year. You will also spend a year studying or working abroad to polish your skills.
Research has shown that graduates in Modern Languages enjoy excellent employment opportunities. Many of our graduates go on to work in education and in the translation professions, but other career paths are very diverse, ranging from business positions and work in human resources, to jobs in the media or the social and political sectors.
Additionally, a significant number of our graduates move on to postgraduate study, including PGCEs and Masters programmes in translation, international business, law, human rights, journalism, and some then go on to pursue PhDs in their individual specialisms.
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*NSS 2018, overall satisfaction ranking in the subject area of European Languages and Area Studies.