Modern Languages with Business and Management

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BA Modern Languages with Business and Management Code T9N1 Clearing places available – 0800 121 40 80

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Key Facts

Code T9N1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in one relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. For 2020 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

The BA in Modern Languages with Business Management will prepare you for the perfect introduction to a career in the business world, in addition to combining the study of two Modern Languages (French, German or Spanish). This four-year degree will allow you spend a year abroad, which will be of significant advantage when seeking employment, demonstrating your independence and highly developed communication skills.  Our teaching experts will guide you through the areas of language, culture, marketing, operations management, finance and other key areas of Business Management to name a few. This degree is engineered for a student who wants to excel and succeed to the top level of global business management practice with highly fluency competencies in the chosen languages. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

100% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Modern Languages (NSS 2019)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

95% of our Business and Administrative subject students were satisfied that the staff were good at explaining things, 88 for the sector. (NSS 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)



Why should you choose to study Modern Languages with Business and Management?

  • Being a multilingual graduate and possess fluency in French, German, Spanish and or Italian are vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests. Whilst you will acquire the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in a foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.
  • The Department of Modern Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.
  • Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School 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.
  • This course combines the synergy of the business and corporate world with the linguistic and cultural enrichment of the four key Modern Languages that are taught in our department. If you study this course, you will gain knowledge in the following:

Changes in the regulatory and legal environment

Marketing decisions

Business strategies

Spanish Language and Culture

  • On completion of this degree you will possess:

A broad understanding of management in practice

The ability to communicate in both English and your chosen Modern Languages

In-depth knowledge of trade and commerce in both the public and private sector

A solid grasp in the complexity of management challenges and the combined impact of the economic, financial, human and legal issues that managers deal with. 

Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School 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.


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220 20
Organisational Behaviour MM33120 20
Ymddygiad Sefydliadol MR33120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language FR20130 30
German Language GE20130 30
Language Of Business 1 * FR20310 10
Language Of Business And Current Affairs 1 SP20310 10
Spanish Language SP20130 30

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits MMS0040 40
Year Abroad Assessment ELS0080 80


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Leadership And Corporate Responsibility MM34220 20
Business Strategy MM34020 20
Strategaeth Busnes MR34020 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Actualidades * SP31410 10
Applied Marketing Management MM30220 20
Consumer Behaviour MM31420 20
French Language FR30130 30
German Language GE30130 30
International Marketing MM30420 20
Marchnata Rhyngwladol MR30420 20
Marketing Communications MM30520 20
Spanish Language SP30130 30
The Language Of Business And Current Affairs FR30310 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What can I do with a degree in Modern Languages and Business studies?

Employability is embedded across our teaching within the Department of Modern Languages. The Year Abroad is where our graduates are more distinguished than others. On successful completion of the Year Abroad, students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt in any situations. 

Recent graduates from Aberystwyth University have found employment as marketing executives and sales strategists, in companies such as Global Platinum, Click Consult and Mencap.

Other graduates have also been successful in the following areas:

  • Translation and Interpretation; 
  • Broadcasting; 
  • Education;
  • Marketing; 
  • Human Resources;
  • Website development;
  • International Banking; 
  • Civil Service.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:





In your first year you will:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilization;
  • European Film;
  • Politics and culture of language across Europe;
  • Hispanic civilization;
  • The cultural history of Italy;
  • Ways of reading German literature;
  • Fundamental principles of management;
  • The dynamics of the modern business environment;
  • The use of financial and accounting information in management decisions at operational and strategic levels;
  • Marketing principles and the relationship between management and organisation.

In the second year you will:

  • Possibility of independent research project;
  • Option of specialised languages modules (language of business etc.);
  • A vast choice of content modules on literature, film and art;
  • Modern Literature;
  • Prose in German literature;
  • Current issues in French and francophone society;
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages;
  • The organisational behaviour and theory;
  • Theories and techniques of operations management;
  • Market structures and pricing strategies;
  • The skills, analytical tools and techniques to identify and address problems and opportunities in business management and marketing.

In your third year, you will take part in your Year Abroad where you will study with our partner Universities under the Erasmus + Programme 

In your final year you will:

  • Semantics and Lexicography;
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements;
  • French Literature of 18th and 19th Century;
  • Current issues in a Spanish speaking country;
  • A compulsory independent research project;
  • The business strategy and how it functions both internally and externally to the business environment;
  • The understanding of current management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives;
  • A compulsory independent research project which will give you the opportunity to specialize in a particular aspect of business management and marketing;
  • Optional modules are available to allow you to direct your learning and preferred specialism.

How will I be taught?

Our students are taught through the medium of lectures, seminars and language workshops.

We assess our students in variety of ways depending on the modules. In our language classes you will be assessed through continuous assessments and an exam at the end of Year 1 and Year 4. Our elective and compulsory modules are assessed through coursework in the format of a presentation and/ or essay and an examination.

Your progress will be regularly monitored through tutorial consultations and with the Personal Development Portfolio (PDP). In your last year, in order to prepare you for life after university, the PDP is replaced by writing a CV and cover letter in French.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in one relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in one relevant language at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in one relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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