BA Modern Languages with Business and Management

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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In choosing to study a degree in Modern Languages with Business and Management at Aberystwyth University you will benefit from combining the study of two European languages (French, German or Spanish) with a broad, integrated and analytical study of business and management. You will gain all the skills of an arts degree (critical thinking, communication skills, the ability to structure an argument, for example), alongside those necessary for success in modern business and management. This course includes a year abroad, taken in the third year of your degree, which will be of significant advantage when seeking employment, demonstrating your independence and highly developed communication skills. Both academic departments place a high value on research, and you will be taught by staff members who publish regularly in leading academic journals. Expand the sections below to find out more...

Overview

This degree scheme combines the study of two European languages (French, German or Spanish) with a broad, integrated and analytical study of business and management. You will gain all the skills of an arts degree (critical thinking, communication skills, the ability to structure an argument, for example), alongside those necessary for success in modern business and management. Your year abroad, taken in the third year of your degree, will be of significant advantage when seeking employment, demonstrating your independence and highly developed communication skills. 

You will find Aberystwyth a relaxed, vibrant and engaging environment in which to study. Most Language staff are native speakers in their taught language, and teaching is done predominantly in small groups, giving a relaxed, welcoming and personal feel to the course. The School of Management and Business places a high value on critical thinking, and on developing new ideas to the problems of the business world. Both departments place a high value on research, and you will be taught by staff members who publish regularly in leading academic journals. The University’s language facilities are also excellent, including a language resource centre which offers state-of-the-art computing facilities and video recording equipment, and a wide range of teaching materials, such as live television broadcasts from Europe. The University library is particularly well-stocked with books and academic periodicals, as well as current newspapers and magazines.

Teaching in the School of Management and Business is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

92% of our 2014 European Languages graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating. 78% were found to be working in 'professional' level work or in 'graduate' level education, 9 percentage points more than the overall national average (DLHE 2014).

100% of our 2014 School of Management and Business graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show significant improvement in many areas of our students' satisfaction. Students on courses in the School of Management and Business have reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching they received and with the learning resources to which they have access.

Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management MM11000

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 1 Options PATHWAY A: Students taking two languages at Advanced level choose 60 credits of ADVANCED language modules PLUS a further 10 credits in EACH advanced language:

Year 1 Options PATHWAY B: Students who have studied one language to A level choose 30 credits of ADVANCED language modules and 40 credits of BEGINNERS language modules PLUS a further 10 credits in the advanced language:

Year 1 Options ADVANCED:

Semester 1

French Language Advanced FR19900

German Language Advanced GE19900

Hispanic Civilization SP10610

Spanish Language Advanced SP19900

Semester 2

Images Of France: The French Family FR12910

French Language Advanced FR19930

Ways Of Reading German Literature GE10910

German Language Advanced GE19930

Spanish Language Advanced SP19930

Year 1 Options BEGINNERS:

Semester 1

French Language (beginners) FR10700

German Language (beginners) GE10700

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10700

Semester 2

French Language (beginners) FR10740

German Language (beginners) GE10740

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10740

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3

Semester 1

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Year 2 Options You must take 30 credits in each language from the following list:

Semester 1

French Language FR20100

German Language GE20100

Spanish Language SP20100

Semester 2

French Language FR20130

German Language GE20130

Spanish Language SP20130

Year 2 Options You must take 10 credits in each language from the following list:

Semester 1

The Language Of Economics GE21010

Language Of Business And Current Affairs 1 SP20310

Semester 2

Language Of Business 1 FR20310

Year 3 Core (80 Credits) You must take these modules during your year abroad:

Semester 1

Year Abroad Assessment ELS0000

Semester 2

Year Abroad Assessment ELS0080

Year 3 Core (40 Credits) Your compulsory year Abroad modules for Business+Management

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy MMS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy MMS0040

Final Year Core (20 Credits) You must take

Semester 2

Business Leadership And Corporate Responsibility MM34220

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Strategy MM34020

Strategaeth Busnes MR34020

Final Year Options You must take 30 credits in each language from the following list:

Semester 1

French Language FR30100

German Language GE30100

Spanish Language SP30100

Semester 2

French Language FR30130

German Language GE30130

Spanish Language SP30130

Final Year Options You must take 10 credits in each language from the following list:

Semester 1

The Language Of Business And Current Affairs FR30310

Semester 2

The Language Of German Politics GE31010

Actualidades SP31410

Employability

Recent research has indicated that speaking a foreign language is second only to IT in a list of desirable skills for job-seekers. In addition, the mean salary of language graduates three years after finishing university is ahead of that of graduates of engineering, maths, physics and chemistry. The year abroad is a key aspect of this, demonstrating a range of competencies and skills such as independence, adaptability and communication skills. Your study of Business and Management will equip you with the core skills needed for employment in modern business and management, including corporate governance, management control techniques, and business strategy. Recent graduates from Aberystwyth have found work as marketing executives and sales strategists, in companies such as Global Platinum, Click Consult and Mencap. The University’s Careers Advisory Service is able to assist you throughout your time in Aberystwyth, with putting together a CV, choosing your career and looking for work during and after your studies. In addition, the Go Wales project, which operates out of the Careers office, can offer high quality work placements, jobs, work experience and training schemes, and the possibility of work in a European country. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. It will involve recording and reflecting on your academic studies, on the development of your skills and on your plans for the future. You will find it a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and deciding what career might be suitable for you.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

In your first year, you will take either beginner or advanced language modules, depending on whether you have previously studied the language to A level standard. All modules will seek to develop your skills in the four key areas of language study: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and will develop your knowledge of the culture, politics and current affairs of the relevant country. Assessment for language modules will be through continuous listening, speaking and writing tests, supplemented by examination at the end of the semester, and on occasion, oral presentations. First year business and management modules will introduce you to some key concepts and contemporary issues in modern business, such as the historical development of management, theories of motivation, and the economic, political, legal and social aspects of the business environment. Teaching will be delivered predominantly through lectures, supplemented by tutorials, and will be assessed through a combination of essay and examination. In the first year you will also be assigned a personal tutor, who can provide assistance with any difficulties you might have with the degree or with university life. Part two of the degree will include language modules specifically focused on the language of business and economics. You will be taught to analyse in a critical manner issues of business and economics in the relevant country, and to translate commercial and economic texts into English. Business and management modules will build on the foundations provided by year one, including detailed analysis of business strategy, human resource management, the study of organisations and business in society. Alongside this, you will continue to develop your language skills, mastering a sophisticated and complex range of vocabulary and registers, and gaining detailed insight into your chosen languages’ cultures and societies. Your year abroad, divided between two countries, will be spent in higher education establishments, or engaged in appropriate business activity. Assistance will be available from the Department in finding suitable locations.

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