Languages MA, BSc, LLB

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 0-4 years
  • School: School of Humanities

At Dundee you can study French, German or Spanish as part of many degree programmes, combining one or two languages with your main degree subject.

You also have the opportunity to study a wide variety of other languages for your career or personal development, usually taken as evening classes.

Why study Languages at Dundee?

The undergraduate Modern Languages programme offered by the School of Humanities has two main strands:

  • Applied Languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • Languages for All (usually in the evening) including Arabic, French, Gaelic, German, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish

Applied Languages

Applied Languages offers you the opportunity of combining either French, German or Spanish or two of these languages with your main degree subject/s.  You can choose from:

  • One Single Honours degree subject with one language – for example: Geography with Spanish;
  • Two Humanities Joint Honours degree subjects with one language – for example: Politics and International Relations with German;
  • One Humanities Joint Honours degree subject and two European Languages (with at least one at post-higher level) – for example: English and European Languages (French & Spanish);
  • Language module credits in years 1 and 2 only as part of your degree (from Applied Languages and Accredited Languages for All options).

Our flexible entry system means that you can start French/German/Spanish as a complete or near-beginner or that you can continue your language studies from post-Higher or post-A-Level.

Erasmus Exchanges

In Level 3, there are opportunities to take part in Erasmus exchanges either for a semester or a year to universities in France, Germany or Spain or other countries depending on your degree choice.

If you are studying two languages you may spend one semester in each of the two countries.

Read the blogs of some of our study abroad students »

Languages For All

Languages for All offers you the opportunity of taking a language as an optional extra or in some cases as a certificated course in French/German/Spanish and also Arabic, Gaelic, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, or Russian. For these you can obtain 20 credits towards your degree.  Non-accredited short courses are also available in Greek, Portuguese and Turkish.

These classes are fee-paying (unless they are an integral part of your degree at levels 1 and 2) they usually run in the evening depending on demand.

Social Events

Language and Culture Studies provide various opportunities for you to improve your language skills:

  • Meet native speakers of French, German and Spanish at regular social events and Language Societies
  • Weekly showings throughout the year of recent foreign language films at our free Film Club

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The amazing thing about studying here is that you can take subjects that are not necessarily part of your degree. Also you can start with a new language or continue with one you already know.

Related Courses

This degree course is taught by the Languages team based in the School of Humanities.

Our teaching methods are interactive and student-centred. All our courses aim to increase your linguistic competence and equip you with valuable oral and written skills which boost your cv and your professional profile, such as presentations, accessing foreign source materials, correspondence and creative writing, summarising/reporting, debating, interpreting and translating.

Our courses are interdisciplinary by nature and developing personal transferable skills is integral. We focus on developing your intercultural awareness by exploring contemporary European media, cinema, literature, and current social and political issues.

Staff profiles »

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme - one language

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4

Typical Degree Programme – two languages
Note: a degree programme studying two languages is only available with Humanities subjects.

Level 1

  • Applied Languages 1 or Intensive 1 (4 modules over two languages)
  • plus 2 other modules in main subject

Level 2

  • Applied Languages 2 or Intensive 2 (4 modules over two languages)
  • plus 2 other modules in main subject

Level 3

  • Applied Languages 3 (2 modules over two languages)
  • plus 2 other modules in main subject

Level 4

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Please also refer to the undergraduate Law webpage.

Level 1 (120 Credits)

Scots Law Stream

  • Scots Law of Contract (20/1)*
  • Scots Law of Delict (20/1)*
  • Constitutional Law (20/1)*

Both Streams - Students undertaking both Scots and English law.

  • Applied Language 1 (40/1)*
  • Legal Method & Systems (20/1)*
  • Constitutional Law (20/1)*

English Law Stream

  • English Law of Contract (20/1)*
  • English Law of Tort (20/1)*
  • English Criminal Law (20/1)*

Level 2 (120 Credits)

Scots Law Stream

  • Family Law (20/2)+
  • Mercantile Law (20/2)+
  • Scottish Property Law (20/2)+
  • Evidence (10/2)+
  • Revenue (10/1)+

Both Streams - Students undertaking both Scots and English law.

  • Applied Language 2 (40/2)*
  • Administrative Law (20/2)*

English Law Stream

  • English Law of Equity and Trusts (20/2)~
  • English Law of Property (20/2)~
  • Evidence (10/2)#
  • Level 2 subject (20/2)

Level 3 (120 Credits)

A choice of 4 subjects (4 x 30 credits). Courses on Erasmus exchange equivalent to 120 credits.

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Consumer Protection
  • Conveyancing Practice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Critical Legal Theory
  • Employment Law
  • English Law of Obligations †
  • English Criminal Law & Process †
  • European Law and Institutions
  • Family, Law and Society
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Private Law
  • Introduction to Legal History
  • Penology
  • Planning Law
  • Public International Law - International Conflict
  • Reparation
  • Roman Law
  • Scots Professional Practice (compulsory for those wanting to qualify in Scotland)

Level 4 (120 Credits)

A choice of 2 subjects (2 x 30 credits) and Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Company Law
  • Comparative Charity Law
  • English Law of Trusts and Land †
  • Environmental Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Public International Law - Marine Resources
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Nationality and Immigration Law

Key * Compulsory: all other modules can be in another discipline up to 120 credits total (80 in one year)
+ Scots professional subjects
~ English and NI professional subjects
# NI professional subjects
Compulsory for dual qualifying degree

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme, and the BSc overview page for information on the BSc degree programme.

Please also refer to the undergraduate Psychology webpage.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4

In the first semester at Levels 1 & 2 assessments represent 100% of your module marks and at least 50% at Levels 3 and 4. Assessments and exams are mainly based on real-life social and professional communicative situations.

Employment opportunities for graduates with language experience are varied. Our graduates have gone into careers in international law, diplomacy, business and commerce, teaching, tourism, publishing, and European and international research, to name just a few areas.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

For information on entry requirements, please refer to the individual course pages.



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