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School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This combination of linguistics and modern languages and cultures will deepen your understanding of how language and languages work.

In linguistics you'll learn how to analyse the inner workings of language, and to plot the way languages differ over geographical space and historical time. You'll investigate how language is acquired and taught, and study the latest thinking on the development of languages.

Modules range from phonetics and syntax, to the history of language and linguistic thought. You can examine the relationships between language and gender, discourse, and place. Other options explore specialist areas like language acquisition and sociolinguistics.

The flexibility of the modern languages part of the degree means you have the option to study linguistics with either one or two of these languages: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You can study Italian on this degree but only alongside a second language as well as linguistics. Luxembourg Studies is available as an option from year two onwards, either on its own or with a second language and linguistics.

You can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent).

You'll develop your communication skills in your chosen language or languages to a high level. Optional modules include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

We have recommended pathways through the languages and modules to enable you to create combinations that work well together. However, our flexible approach means you are not constrained by those pathways and we support you to make the choices that are best for you.

You'll spend the third year of your course abroad. We have a wide range of destinations on offer, both within Europe and beyond. You can choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases take part in exciting volunteering opportunities. Studying in another country will greatly enhance your transferable as well as language skills, making you even more attractive to employers.

When you graduate, you'll be a good thinker, good reader and good writer. You'll have an eye for detail and an ear for nuance. You'll be able to communicate fluently in your chosen language or languages and you'll have developed a sophisticated understanding of the countries where those languages are spoken.

This blend of transferable skills means our graduates are right at home in TV, radio, marketing, publishing and PR. Many become teachers. Others go into journalism or law through postgraduate study.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, typically including a modern foreign language plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB, typically including a modern foreign language + B
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level modern foreign language
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, typically including a modern foreign language
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB + B, typically including a modern foreign language
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, typically including a modern foreign language
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

School of Languages and Cultures website

Course information on School of English website

First year

Core modules:

The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

An Introduction to French History & Culture
An Introduction to Russian Culture
An Introduction to the Social and Political History of Iberia & Latin America
Born out of Revolt & Consensus: the making of contemporary Netherlands & Belgium
Catalan Language (Beginners)
Celtic Languages and Literatures: an Introduction
Czech Language (Beginners)
Dutch Language (Beginners)
Early Englishes
French Critical Contexts
French Language (Beginners)
French Language (Post A Level)
German Language (Beginners)
German Language (Post A Level)
History of English
Introduction to European Cinema
Linguistic Theory
Portuguese Language (Beginners)
Practical Stylistics
Russian Language (Beginners)
Russian Language (Post A Level)
Spanish Language (Beginners)
Spanish Language (Post A Level)
The Czechs in Central European History
The Soviet Union 1917-1991
Understanding German History and Culture
Understanding Modern France
Understanding Spanish & Latin American Culture
Varieties of English
Visions of Germany

Second year

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data:Language & Digital Corpra
Catalan Language (Beginners)
Catalan Language (Intermediate)
Czech Language (Beginners)
Czech Language (Intermediate)
Dutch Language (Beginners)
Dutch Language (Intermediate)
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
First Language Acquisition
French Language (Higher Intermediate)
French Language (Intermediate)
German Language (Higher Intermediate)
German Language (Intermediate)
Historical Linguistics
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language and Cognition
Portuguese Language (Beginners)
Portuguese Language (Intermediate)
Russian Language (Higher Intermediate)
Russian Language (Intermediate)
Spanish Language (Higher Intermediate)
Spanish Language (Intermediate)
Special Subject
The History of Persuasion
Writing the Real

Third year

Optional modules:

French Year Abroad
French Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Luxembourg Studies Year Abroad (Residency)
Luxembourg Studies Year Abroad (Residency)
Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad
Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Optional modules:

Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Advanced Syntax
Approaches to Discourse
Catalan Language (Intermediate)
Catalan Language Advanced
Czech Language (Intermediate)
Czech Language Advanced
Dialect in Literature and Film
Digital Language and Literature
Dutch Language (Intermediate)
Dutch Language Advanced
Experiments in Digital Story-Telling
French Language Advanced
German Language Advanced
Historical Pragmatics
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Investigating Real Readers
Language and Gender
Portuguese Language (Intermediate)
Portuguese Language Advanced
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Russian Language Advanced
Spanish Language Advanced
Special Subject
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
World Englishes

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of Languages and Cultures

Jessop West building

At the School of Languages and Cultures you'll develop your linguistic skills to a very high level and deepen your understanding of the cultural context of the countries where your languages are spoken.

We offer a particularly wide range of languages - Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Right from the start, you'll work with the school's top specialists and native speakers who will help you realise your linguistic potential. Language teaching is in small groups, so you'll get plenty of support tailored to your needs and get to know your tutors well.

We're a leading centre for modern languages and cultures research. Our work spans identity, gender, linguistics, politics, migration and literary studies. This research informs our teaching, helping you to develop a global understanding of language and languages across cultures and countries.

You'll be able to study optional modules either in your individual languages, or across the school so you'll acquire an in-depth understanding of your chosen languages and their cultures, and how they relate to other languages and cultures across modern languages disciplines.

Our student-run language societies organise multilingual events, trips and creative projects. There are opportunities to volunteer in the community and in schools, inspiring others to try new languages.

School of Languages and Cultures website

School of English

We're one of the largest and most successful English departments in the UK. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together the study of literature, language, linguistics, film, theatre and creative writing to form a community that is unique in its breadth and depth of study of the English language.

Our world-leading research, active student community and civic ethos makes Sheffield one of the world's most exciting places to study English. Our academic staff are experts in their field and use their cutting-edge research to inform their teaching and the content of the modules that you'll study. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired.

As a student here, you can can specialise in your chosen subject, while also forging interdisciplinary connections by taking modules from different degree programmes. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules use a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations.

We're committed to providing you with the pastoral support you need in order to thrive in your degree. You'll be assigned a personal tutor with whom you'll have regular meetings. You're welcome to see any of the academic staff in our regular office hours, if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are excellent communicators, adaptable and culturally aware. They work in international development organisations, business and banking, translating and interpreting, intelligence services, journalism, teaching, publishing, and international sales and marketing. Many go on to further study.

Student profile

Dr Amber Regis explains what you can study and discover at the School of English.

"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion

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