Applied Languages MLang

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Mode of Study
Full-time with language year abroad
4 years full-time with language year abroad
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019


This MLang Applied Languages integrated Master's degree course allows you to develop your foreign language abilities so you can apply your knowledge to a career in multilingual communication at home or abroad.

In 4 years, you’ll achieve Master's level skills in 2 languages, experience a year abroad in 2 countries and develop postgraduate specialisms in your chosen field.

You’ll be set to take on interesting roles in areas such as translation, interpreting and teaching, and be well placed to consider PhD research.

What you'll experience

On this integrated Master's degree course, you'll:

  • Study 2 core languages from French, German or Spanish
  • Combine our BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree course with a final Master’s year giving you postgraduate-level skills and knowledge
  • Apply foreign languages to professional fields in areas such as translation, interpreting or communication teaching
  • Put your language skills into practice in our Language Labs, where you’ll manipulate video, sound and text
  • Study, teach or work abroad in 2 countries, immersing yourself in the languages you’re learning
  • Use our Interpreter Training Suite, which is the best kit to develop your interpretation skills
  • Study with members of the Centre of European and International Studies and Research (CEISR), one of the UK's largest research centres in the field of linguistics and the teaching of English as a foreign language

You can also:

  • Enhance your degree with an internationally recognised qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
  • Study a 3rd language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job with your freshly developed language skills, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and use your skills.

Year abroad

You'll spend your 3rd year studying in 2 countries where your chosen languages are spoken. Our global links mean we have partnerships with universities across the world including:

  • Universities of Malaga, Murcia, Alcala and Salamanca in Granada
  • University of Santiago in Chile
  • Universities of Lyon, Toulouse, Tours and Strasbourg in France
  • University of Wuhan in China
  • University of Modena in Italy
  • Universities of Bremen, Flensburg, Marburg, and Erfurt in Germany

We also have partnerships with the British Senegalese Institute and development organisations in Dakar, which provide opportunities for work placements on your year abroad.

We’ll help you secure a work or study placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

You’ll emerge from this course as a master of your chosen languages, ready to take on roles across a range of fields in the public and private sector.

Students have gone on to secure exciting positions in areas such as:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • customer relations
  • tourism
  • academic research

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will give support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

2018 start

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

You’ll need to cover any travel costs for optional internships or placements you do during the course.

The specific cost will vary depending on the location and nature of the internship or placement, but is normally in the range of £50–£1000.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • 2 foreign languages (French, German or Spanish)
  • Language Project
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Studying at University
  • Starting Language Research
  • Option to start a 3rd foreign language via Institution-wide Learning Programme (IWLP), in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish

There are no optional units in this year.

Optional units from in this year currently include:

  • Text Analysis and Translation
  • Language for Professional Communication 1
  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • A 3rd foreign language via IWLP (Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish)
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Clinical Linguistics

You'll spend your 3rd year abroad in the countries where your chosen languages are spoken. Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Study abroad in a university for 1 or 2 semesters
  • Combine university study for 1 semester with a work placement for the other
  • Combine study at university over 2 semesters with a work placement for an additional 3 months over the summer
  • Study Language for Professional Communication in both of your chosen languages

Core units in this year include:

  • Applied Languages Research Project (Language A or B)
  • Critical Approaches to Specialised Translation (S) (Language A or B)

Optional units for this year currently include:

  • Critical Approaches to Specialised Translation (J) (Language A or B)
  • Interpreting 1 (Language A or B)
  • Interpreting 2 (Language A or B)
  • Translation Technologies
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Analysing Discourse
  • Theory and Practice of TESOL
  • Technical Communication
  • Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Materials

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • distance learning (in year 3) via Skype and the University's online portal, Moodle

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 13% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 75% studying independently and 12% on work placement
  • Year 3 students: 2% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 31% studying independently and 67% on work placement
  • Year 4 students: 14% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 86% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • individual and group projects
  • blogs
  • portfolios
  • interviews
  • translation and interpreting assignements
  • presentations
  • research projects
  • exams

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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:

  • Year 1 students: 34% by practical exams and 66% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 14% by practical exams and 69% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 27% by practical exams and 73% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 100% by coursework


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    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

    How to apply

    Want to start this course this year?

    There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M23G
    • our institution code – P80

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