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Modern Languages and Economics (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

On this degree, you’ll split your time equally between Modern Languages and Economics. Studying Modern Languages will enable you to gain expertise in two languages.

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Choose one language from: French, German, Italian and Hispanic Studies. Choose the second language from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. As well as studying the foundations of economics, you’ll use your language and intercultural skills to analyse the economic challenges covered in this degree. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

This joint degree enables you to acquire an in-depth knowledge of two languages while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena. 50% of your degree will be in Economics where you will study the choices of consumers, corporations, governments, networks and nations, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions and policies. The other 50% of your degree will be in the School of Modern Languages. Each language represents 25% of the degree. Your first language must be post A level (or equivalent) in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Your second language is selected from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

You can spend your year abroad either in one country for the whole year, or you can split your time between your two languages.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class size

Seminars of around 15 students.

Contact hours

17 hours per week.

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills. Intermediate year counts for 50% of your mark and your final year counts towards 50% of your overall mark.

Option to spend second or third year studying at a partner institution overseas, or working as a language assistant/other work placement in a country or countries where your language is spoken.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

3. On a work placement

Student blogs

harry"My year abroad was the best year of my life hands down and the best part is that it actually helped my degree!"

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sugheson"I absolutely loved my modules... I was particularly excited about 'The World Economy: History and Theory'... I love reading about history."

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At what level can I learn each language?

Your first language must be post A Level French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Your second language can be taken at any level (dependent on prior qualifications/experience) if it is French, German, Italian, or Spanish. If it is Mandarin Chinese it can be taken from beginner, intermediate or post A Level maximum (please note that applicants with Mandarin Chinese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be able to study this language). If it is Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese or Russian, it can usually only be taken at beginner’s level; if you have any prior learning of the language, please contact ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk before applying.

A level: AAB to include A in a language. You must possess an A level in your choice of first language (French/German/Italian/Spanish) and GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent.

  • IB: 36 to include 6 at Higher Level in a language. You must possess a Higher Level in your choice of first language (French/German/Italian/Spanish) and either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths.

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. You must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Essential subjects A Level/IB HL in the language chosen as Language 1 (from French/German/Italian/Spanish with grade A/HL6 if only one language is being taken and grades A/HL6, B/HL5 if two languages are being taken, and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent.

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
Language 1 (French, German, Italian or Spanish)

Language 2 (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish)

A culture or translation module

Economics 1

You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.

Quantitative techniques

Intermediate Year
Language 1

Language 2

Economics 2

You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.

Economics and Social Statistics


You will be equipped with important skills of both academic and vocational value, being an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and also useful for your future career. This includes an awareness of the empirical approach to economics; experience in analysis and use of empirical data; understanding the nature of uncertainty and methods of dealing with it; and using econometric software packages as tools of quantitative and statistical analysis. With the required necessary skills and knowledge to critically appraise work in applied economics, you will have a good grasp of the dangers, pitfalls and problems encountered in applied modelling.

Final Year
Language 1

Language 2

Research in Applied Economics

You will have the opportunity to deepen and consolidate your knowledge by applying your understanding of economic theory to a research question that arouses your curiosity. You will use a combination of economic analysis and statistical and econometric techniques to formulate and pursue your research interest, supported by lectures on research methodology and supervision by a member of academic staff, who will support your research towards an independent project. The work will increase your confidence in formulating economic questions, and the scientific method of developing a suitable approach, conducting a literature review and data searches, identifying and testing hypotheses and using your findings to construct coherent, persuasive scholarly arguments, presented in both written and oral form..

For further details about our modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB to include A in a language. You must possess an A level in your choice of first language (French/German/Italian/Spanish) and GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent.

IB: 36 to include 6 in a Higher Level language you must possess a Higher Level in your choice of first language (French/German/Italian/Spanish) and either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 inHigher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths.


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years Full Time (including a year abroad)

Start date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution or language assistant/work placement in a country or countries where your chosen language is spoken.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
The cost of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts. Please note that Economics textbooks may also need to be purchased for this course. Undergraduate students can obtain many required texts from the University Library. We estimate photocopying/printing for essays could cost approximately £25 per year.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.