Polish Studies

Polish studies at the University of Sheffield

Overview

Polish Studies is fascinating from a sociological and political point of view, and lets you explore a nation that is at once traditional and modern. Studying the history and culture of Poland offers an insight into the changing face of Europe as a whole. In short, Polish Studies offers many avenues for enjoyable and rewarding academic study.

Our teaching programme strongly emphasises communicative work characterised by a high degree of grammatical accuracy and introduces you to Polish history, literature, culture and linguistics. At all levels you will have a qualified linguist leading your grammar work, and a native speaker of Polish to teach your conversation classes. For more details about the course structure see our Beginners and Heritage speakers programmes pages.

Undergraduate degree combinations

BA Modern Languages & Cultures

On the BA Modern Languages & Cultures you can study:

  • Polish language & culture with one other language & culture
  • Polish language & culture with two other languages & cultures

Choose from these languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • Luxembourgish
  • Czech
  • Italian

Find out more about the BA Modern Languages & Cultures

Dual Honours (with a non-language subject)

As a Dual Honours degree

  • Polish language & culture with a non-language subject
  • Polish languages & culture, a second language & culture, and a non-language subject

Combine your study of Polish language & culture with one of the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Find out more about our range of dual honours degrees

Free Credits

If you have some experience of modern language learning, you can take Polish language & culture modules either as part of your degree (unrestricted modules) or alongside your degree (not-for-credit modules).

Fast facts

Award: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years

Entry: ABB or BBB at A Level depending on the degree combination. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications. See individual degree programmes for more detailed information.

Student profile

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Student profiles

Structure

Course Structure

At Sheffield you can start studying Polish from scratch, meaning you need no previous knowledge of Polish. If you already speak some Polish you can skip the beginners programme and enter at an appropriate level. For more details about the course structure see our Beginners and Heritage speakers programmes pages.

All our language classes are informal and taught in small groups. The emphasis is always on real language in real situations. Right from the start of the course you will be encouraged to speak as much as possible; after all, the best way to learn is by doing.

Modules

Year 1

You will study 40 credits in language and culture at either beginner or post A level.

Beginner's Polish

Title Credits Core/Optional
Polish Language Beginners 20 Core
Cultural Contexts 20 Core (if you are studying one or two languages and cultures)
Optional (if you are studying three languages and cultures)

Post A Level Polish

Title Credits Core/Optional
Polish Language Post A-Level 20 Core
Cultural Contexts 20 Core (if you are studying one or two languages and cultures)
Optional (if you are studying three languages and cultures)

You can also choose from a range of modules from across the School of Languages and Cultures.

Year 2

Polish language intermediate (following beginner's Polish route)

Title Credits Core/Optional
Polish Language Intermediate 20 Core

Polish language higher intermediate (following post A level Polish route)

Title Credits Core/Optional
Polish Language Higher Intermediate 20 Core

Depending on your degree programme and degree combination you may also take; 

Title Credits Core/Optional
Studies in Polish Culture 20 Core/Optional
Year Abroad

You will spend either one or two semesters in Poland and can:-

Study at a university
Studying abroad at a university allows you to experience the familiarity of student life with the excitement of living in another country. University life varies enormously across the world, however wherever they go, our students develop international networks and life-long friendships. Courses at international universities expose our students to new ways of studying, learning, and interpreting the world. 

Gain work experience
Work placements provide you with the opportunity of gaining employment experience as both a professional and an internationally competent graduate. Types of work experience may vary hugely, from translation to consultancy and everything in-between. Work experience may be paid or voluntary, depending on type of work, organisation and location. 

Year 4

Polish language advanced (All students)

Title Credits Core/Optional
Polish Language Advanced 20 Core

Depending on your degree programme and degree combination you may also take

Title Credits Core/Optional
Project in Polish Studies 20 Core/Optional

* The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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