Modern Languages

BA (Hons)


What is the significance of learning French and Spanish in our increasingly globalised world? How might the development of linguistic and intercultural skills allow students truly to become ‘global citizens’?

In today’s society, closer integration with speakers of modern European languages is becoming increasingly useful for careers and for forging links with other countries.

The University offers courses that allow for the study of two modern European languages (French and Spanish), which have a global presence, with a range of other disciplines – Management, Marketing, Politics, Film & Media, Global Cinema, Psychology and Social Policy. French and Spanish are also available as Single Honours courses.

With this course, you’ll be well qualified for careers in the arts, the media, the civil service, journalism, tourism,  in human resources management and in many other fields.

Key information

  • Degree type: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Campus based
  • Course Director: Dr Cristina Johnston
  • School: School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Cristina Johnston University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 467531

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What makes us different?

French and Spanish are studied as global languages at Stirling, with an emphasis placed on the languages’ importance within the European Union, but also on relationships between France and Spain and other parts of the globe, ranging from Africa to Latin America. As well as examining the Francophone and Hispanophone worlds from a range of different perspectives, you will also have a number of opportunities to spend time living, studying and/or working abroad. You might, for example, apply to spend a year working as an English Language Assistant anywhere from the Alps to Galicia, or further afield in Quebec, in the French Caribbean, or in Latin America. Many of the degree combinations we offer also include a semester of study abroad at one of our partner institutions in France, Switzerland, Spain, Quebec or Latin America.

We also offer a number of innovative integrated degree courses, including a double degree with the Ecole de Management de Strasbourg in International Management and Intercultural Studies and degrees in International Management Studies with European Languages and Society.

Academic strengths

French and Spanish at Stirling are particularly strong in areas related to film and other visual cultures, in innovative language teaching, and in our focus on connections with other countries, regions and cultures.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points.

Other qualifications


Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Throughout Semester 1-4, you will study the language (written and spoken) alongside cultural texts (films, novels, poetry, etc). Our aim is to ensure that both languages are understood in a global context with a range of historical periods and geographical areas, and are placed at the heart of our courses. We also run courses in the early semesters for students who have never studied a language before, and who will benefit from intensive language tuition from our dedicated team of Language Coordinators and native Language Assistants in order to ensure the rapid development of University-level language skills. During Year 2, both streams merge and students can graduate at the end of four years with full language skills.

Modern Languages and Business

This degree combines the study of French or Spanish with management. At the end of Year 2, you will continue to specialise in Business Studies, as well as continuing the study of two languages.

International Management Studies with European Languages and Society

All students undertaking this degree follow two pathways, namely French or Spanish and either Business or Marketing. The third strand is chosen from one of Economics, Finance, Business Law, Politics or a second language, depending on where your interest lies. You will study modules with an international or European content.

International Management and Intercultural Studies

This almost unique degree course leads to the award of a double degree with either the Ecole de Management in Strasbourg, France (EMS), or the University of Passau in Germany (the latter for native speakers of German only). The Strasbourg version involves French, and the option of taking Spanish too, as well as Business or Marketing, while the Passau version for German native speakers involves the study of French or Spanish, Politics, History, and Business. An extra year is required to complete the double degree, with students spending Semester 6 in France or Spain, and one year at the partner institution. The Strasbourg strand is open to students from across the EU, including Germany, France and Spain.

European Languages and Psychology

This distinctive combination allows the study of French or Spanish with Psychology. Teaching is supported by the renowned research experience of Stirling’s Psychology department.

French with Spanish/French and Education

The University offers Combined Honours degrees in Modern Languages and Education, which allows graduates to teach at secondary education level. Unusually, the qualifications are taught concurrently, meaning that the academic subjects are taught alongside the teaching qualification.

International Politics and Modern Languages

This combination builds on the importance of European Politics together with either French or Spanish. Graduating students are well placed for jobs in Europe or Britain, with the added advantage of a European language.

European Film and Media

This course combines film and media, placing it in a European context, with the mastery of either French or Spanish. As the course continues, you can concentrate on either European Media or European Film, always closely linked with the European language studied.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, tutorials and small group language classes. In addition, the use of information technology and native language assistants encourages rapid progress. Assessment focuses on a variety of skills gained across the modules studied and ranges from translations to essays, from grammar tests to oral exams. We use both continuous assessment and final examinations.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates

All Modern Languages Honours degree courses include an integral period of residence and study abroad.

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Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Study abroad opportunities

On most degree courses involving languages, students must spend a period of residence abroad, usually in Semester 6, studying at one of our partner universities or business schools. For students undertaking study abroad in a French-speaking environment, we have exchange agreements with the Universities of Aix, Clermont-Ferrand, Geneva, Laval (Quebec), Limoges, Nancy, Perpignan, Rabat (Morocco) and Tours and with business schools in Cergy-Pontoise near Paris (ESSEC) and Strasbourg (EMS). For students on study abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment, our partner institutions include the Universities of Córdoba, Navarra, Granada, León, Santander and Santiago de Compostela in Spain as well as Universities in Argentina, Chile and Mexico.

All students also have the option, in addition, of spending a year abroad between Semesters 4 and 5, which you will often spend in paid employment in France or elsewhere in the Francophone world, typically as a language assistant teaching English in a school.

Our students

I was a mature student, and I had studied French at school in the 1980s and then did the Higher in six months as part of the Access Course. When I started my French and Spanish degree I found the jump to degree level quite daunting, especially when our grammar book was in French and the seminars were conducted in French. However, I soon found that this was the best way to push my French to a higher level very quickly. I found all the tutors very approachable and the classes very relaxed which certainly was conducive to learning.

Throughout the course, I thought that the teaching materials were well chosen and I enjoyed learning about France past and present whilst learning the language. There was a good mix of books, newspaper articles and films of different genres so there was something for everyone.

Susan Peattie BA (Hons) French and Spanish, graduated 2011.

Stirling has excellent opportunities for language students to immerse themselves in the target language and culture. I really enjoyed my time as a Language Assistant in Spain and there is also the chance to study abroad in a French- or Spanish-speaking university. I benefitted immensely from these experiences on both a personal and professional level.

There is also a lot of flexibility in the degree course at Stirling, which allows students to combine languages with other subjects such as business, tourism or finance. The support from staff and fellow students is fantastic and the campus has a close-knit community feel about it. The course was challenging but very rewarding, and I would definitely recommend the University of Stirling as a fantastic place to study languages.

Louise Conn BA (Hons) Modern Languages and Business Studies, graduated 2011.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Language graduates are confident communicators and growing European integration offers increasing job opportunities. The combinations of subjects available with either French or Spanish, or in some cases both, allow students to go on to a wide variety of careers in publishing, journalism, television, advertising, translating or law, teaching in French or English as a foreign language, administration and management. Many students also choose to pursue further study upon completion of their undergraduate degree.


Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,275.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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