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School of Languages and Cultures

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

Course description

Explore the connections between language and philosophical thought with this degree. Get an insight into how philosophical thought has shaped many of the cultures of modern Europe.

Philosophical reflection requires a distinctive combination of imagination and exact reasoning. You'll develop these skills through a wide range of modules on the philosophy side of the degree. There are no compulsory modules so you can shape your own course. We cover key areas such as ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic.

The flexibility of the modern languages part of the degree means you have the option to study philosophy 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 philosophy. Luxembourg Studies is available as an option from year two onwards, either on its own or with a second language and philosophy.

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.

This degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities, close to home and further afield. You'll get extensive training in analytical writing and techniques, as well as other transferable skills. You'll develop highly valuable language skills, and you'll gain a sophisticated understanding of the countries where your chosen language or languages are spoken.

Studying in another country will greatly enhance your transferable as well as language skills, making you even more attractive to employers.

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
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB, typically including a modern foreign language + B
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 5 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, typically including a modern foreign language
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher 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)
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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.

Course information on School of Languages and Cultures website

Department of Philosophy website

First year

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)
Czech Language (Beginners)
Dutch Language (Beginners)
French Critical Contexts
French Language (Beginners)
French Language (Post A Level)
German Language (Beginners)
German Language (Post A Level)
Introduction to European Cinema
Matters of Life and Death
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
Portuguese Language (Beginners)
Russian Language (Beginners)
Russian Language (Post A Level)
Self and Society
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
Visions of Germany
Writing Philosophy
Death
Elementary Logic
Film and Philosophy
History of Ethics
History of Philosophical Ideas
Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Sex
Reason and Argument

Second year

Optional modules:

Catalan Language (Beginners)
Catalan Language (Intermediate)
Czech Language (Beginners)
Czech Language (Intermediate)
Dutch Language (Beginners)
Dutch Language (Intermediate)
Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Feminism
Formal Logic
French Language (Higher Intermediate)
French Language (Intermediate)
German Language (Higher Intermediate)
German Language (Intermediate)
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Arts
Plato
Political Philosophy
Portuguese Language (Beginners)
Portuguese Language (Intermediate)
Religion and the Good Life
Russian Language (Higher Intermediate)
Russian Language (Intermediate)
Spanish Language (Higher Intermediate)
Spanish Language (Intermediate)
The Rationalists
Theory of Knowledge

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
Aristotle
Catalan Language (Intermediate)
Catalan Language Advanced
Czech Language (Intermediate)
Czech Language Advanced
Dutch Language (Intermediate)
Dutch Language Advanced
Feminism
For the Love of Knowledge: Topics in Analytic and Social Epistemology
Free Will & Religion
French Language Advanced
German Language Advanced
Global Justice
Hegel and the Phenomenology of Spirit
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Metaphysics
Moral Theory and Moral Psychology
Phenomenology
Philosophical Problems 1
Philosophical Problems II
Philosophical Project 1
Philosophical Project 2
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Psychology
Portuguese Language (Intermediate)
Portuguese Language Advanced
Russian Language Advanced
Sources of Normativity
Spanish Language Advanced
The Political Philosophy of Climate Change
The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics
The Rationalists
Work Place Learning

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

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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.

Study locations
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus. Teaching might take place in a student's home department, but might also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching spaces.

School of Languages and Cultures website

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our modules and the high quality of our teaching. Our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

Our staff and students use philosophy to engage with real world issues. You will be able to use what you learn to make a difference in the community, through projects like Philosophy in the City, an innovative and award-winning programme that enables students to teach philosophy in schools, homeless shelters and centres for the elderly. Out students run a thriving Philosophy Society and the only UK undergraduate philosophy journal. Our Centre for Engaged Philosophy pursues research into questions of fundamental political and social importance, from criminal justice and social inclusion to climate ethics, all topics that are covered in our teaching. Philosophy changes our perspective on the world, and equips and motivates us to make a difference.

Department of Philosophy 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


"Sheffield's fantastic because the lectures are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures.""

Emma Shephard
Philosophy



"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
Languages

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