This course provides an opportunity for you to obtain an integrated Master's qualification in four years. It combines our successful dual-language programme, BA (Hons) Applied Languages, with a final year that demands postgraduate-level study.
If you are interested in taking a Modern Languages degree, you might also want to consider our BA (Hons) Modern Languages which gives you the opportunity to study one, two or three languages.
On this course you can:
The MLang can enhance students’ employability and career prospects by evidencing higher levels of independent research and academic achievement, providing students with a distinctive edge in the labour market. There is a wide range of careers that graduates could pursue which includes employment in a broad range of public and private sector bodies and also in fields where specialist language skills are a requirement.
This innovative course offers a wide and flexible range of options in areas such as translation, interpreting, TESOL or intercultural communication.
Carmen Pasamar Marquez, course leader
To begin the course you will choose two languages to study through the four years. You will consolidate the knowledge you have in your chosen languages, while taking units that will provide the foundations for your undergraduate learning. Furthermore, you can start a third language via the Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP).
Core units in this year include:
In your second year you'll continue with the study of your languages and will be introduced to professional communication. You will also have the option of taking units in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and obtain a qualification from Trinity College London.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
In order to remain on the MLang, you will be required to achieve an overall average of 60% or above in Level 5 (Year 2) units, and have a final mark of 65 or more in both your main languages in Year 2. If these requirements are not met, you will be transferred to the BA (Hons) Applied Languages. Likewise, BA (Hons) Applied Languages students can transfer to the MLang if they meet these requirements at the end of Year 2.
You will spend your third year abroad in the countries where your chosen languages are spoken. Options to choose from in this year currently include:
These pathways provide the equivalent of 60 credits at Level 6 and will be assessed as Pass/Fail.
While abroad, you will complete ‘Language for Professional Communication 2 Immersion’ in each of your target languages, plus a reflective report in the target languages. These units contribute 60 credits of Level 6 study during the year abroad.
You must pass the Year Abroad and so successfully complete 120 credits of Level 6 study. If this requirement is not met, you will be transferred to the BA (Hons) Applied Languages programme at the start of Year 4.
In your final year you will take at least one language-specific unit in each of your target languages. The units include:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
The Master of Languages (MLang) Applied Languages programme provides a varied, creative and stimulating learning environment. Teaching is via lectures, seminars and workshops which are supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle, and by our multimedia digital labs. Furthermore, we are looking forward to the installation of our state-of-the-art European Commission-standard Conference Interpreting Suite, where our students will develop valuable first-hand experience in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
The Distance Learning units during your Year Abroad will be delivered principally via Moodle, but also making use of Skype and other tools as necessary.
The School of Languages and Area Studies also provides students with their own learning space in the Learning Resource Centre, where students can find relevant resources to continue developing their language skills. Other services available for language students include The Language Corner, Films@Park and the Global Café, all of which are designed to support your learning.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
The assessment methods used on this programme are varied and test all the skills developed in the different modules at different stages of the learning process. The assessment strategy of each unit allows a balance between formative and summative assessment. Assessment methods include essays, individual and group projects, blogs, portfolios, translation and interpreting assignments, individual and group presentations, and research projects and exams.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Dr Peter Watkins
English Language and Linguistics
I think teachers always find it rewarding to see the progress their students make. This course is so exciting because progress in both language ability and professional skills goes right up to to Master's level.
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In your final year, you will be studying with members of CEISR, one of the UK's largest research centres of its kind. These active researchers in the field of linguistics and the teaching of English as a foreign language will ensure that your study is connected to the latest developments in the area.
We aim to provide the best possible support for our students and therefore we provide a wide range of pastoral care. Furthermore, we have a team of Learning Development Tutors who are on hand for all students to enhance and improve academic skills, and to increase confidence. We also offer specialist courses in EAP for students who are non-native speakers of English
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online e-journals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements undertaken during the course. These will vary depending in the nature of internships/placements and range from £50 - £1000.
Language graduates are highly sought after and the transferable skills you will possess are extremely valuable to employers. While translation and interpreting are careers that people traditionally associate with languages, this is not all you are limited to. You also can expect to find work in areas as diverse as management, banking, marketing and sales, commerce, export, tourism and the media, among others.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Employability and career management skills are delivered throughout the curriculum. The Learning from Experience (LiFE) unit offers the opportunity to gain credits toward your degree from work/research placements, so you can enhance and reflect on your employability skills, and learn to express them to potential employers. In your year abroad, as you work in a country where one of your main languages is spoken, you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in languages as you enhance your intercultural awareness and capability, qualities of self-reliance and other transferable skills.
Our department's Placement and Internship Centre (PIC) and the University's Purple Door offer support with part-time jobs, career planning, work experience, volunteering, placements, business start-up and graduate jobs.
The University has a unique and prestigious partnership in place with the British Senegalese Institute. The Institute, along with other partners in Dakar, offers different opportunities to our graduating students each year. We also have a range of partners that offer teaching and work experience opportunities with NGOs and other voluntary organisations to students on their year abroad.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
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