About the course
Do you want to see the world? Would you like to become multilingual so you could work or live abroad? Could you study management at one of the UK’s best and most culturally-diverse business schools?
This broad business management course gives you the chance to learn two modern languages of your choice. You spend your third year studying abroad to immerse yourself in another culture, gain an international perspective on management and practise your language skills.
Speaking multiple languages can widen your employability opportunities and enrich your travel experiences.
You gain an intensive, comprehensive language education, covering vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and speaking. You can study one of your languages to mastery level and develop your practical language skills through classes taught by native speakers.
Your management modules take a global, intercultural and ethical perspective. Essex Business School is home to staff and students from all over the world, providing an international education for today’s globalised world.
Study topics include:
- international business environment
- leadership in organisations
- organisational behaviour
- business strategy
- human resource management
Your first year introduces you to the main functional areas of business, including accounting and marketing. This gives you flexibility to work in any area of business management after graduation.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in depth, independent research project or dissertation (subject to approval). This gives you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.
“I really enjoyed studying a mixture of languages and business management. I now speak five languages and have an excellent knowledge of management, marketing and human resources; I am now working in Poland for international sport and fitness company, Decathlon, where I am responsible for economical outcomes, managing staff, marketing products, and creating our commercial policy.”
Radoslaw Zimny, BA Business Management and Modern Languages, 2011
In your study abroad year, you learn about the national business environment and legal frameworks of your host country. You study business and management modules in the country’s language, giving you the chance to practise your written and spoken skills.
Studying abroad gives you a better understanding of cultural sensitivities, as well as how business customs, norms and expectations vary across the world. When you return to the UK, you can begin your graduate job search as an attractive candidate for multi-national organisations and your experience may even mean you can transfer to an overseas office later in your career.
Unlike some other universities, at Essex you do not pay tuition fees during your year abroad (2017 entry).
Our expert staff
BA Business Management and Modern Languages is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.
Our international academics are well respected for their research. They use the latest business thinking in class so you gain an education at the cutting edge of issues affecting organisations across the world.
You learn languages in the Department of Language and Linguistics, ranked in the top 10 departments in the UK for research (REF, 2014).
All of our modern languages staff are native or bilingual speakers from countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Spain and Cuba. As well as developing your language skills, they can share their expertise in professional translation, interpreting, subtitling, film, art, business and culture.
The University of Essex is an excellent choice if you want to experience international culture on campus; we are ranked 2nd in the UK and 18th on the planet for the most international student community, according to the THE World University Rankings (2016-17).
You can learn an additional language for free with our Languages For All programme, join more than 20 cultural societies and sample a range of global cuisine. Our Students’ Union also organises internationally themed events throughout the year.
Our landmark Essex Business School building is the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a winter garden filled with living plants, the Eden-style dome helps to regulate the building’s temperature in order to reduce the amount of energy used.
You benefit from excellent facilities and services, such as:
- a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
- modern lecture theatres
- study pods and innovation booths for group working
- a café with an adjacent sun terrace
- study skills resources and advice
Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway area of Campus, giving you the chance to make connections with innovative technology businesses located on site.
You also benefit from the learning resources available within our Department of Language and Linguistics:
- Melissi Digital Classroom software for subtitling and interpreting
- a new 20-position interpreting lab
- meet other linguists and practise your language skills at our Language Cafés
- experience world cinema at our Modern Languages Film Club
This course gives you the knowledge and skills to begin a career in any area of business and management in the UK or overseas.
In an increasingly international job market, being multilingual places you in an advantageous position. Although English is still the international language of business, speaking more than one language makes it easier to communicate with international co-workers, contacts and suppliers. It will also help you to connect outside of work if you live overseas.
Your year abroad also evidences important employability skills, such as confidence, independence and maturity.
Your course includes modules to develop your professional skills and understanding of the graduate recruitment process. The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can help you find out about work experience, internships and volunteering and we also have career support available within Essex Business School.
Our recent graduates have gone into graduate level roles in organisations such as:
- Bank of England
- John Lewis Partnership
In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory modules and options chosen from lists. Below is just one example of a combination of modules you could take. For a full list of optional modules you can look at the course’s Programme Specification.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change.
The language module that you will study will depend upon your level when you arrive in the department and we are happy to accept students with no previous knowledge of the language. The structure shown below is an example of the progression for a student who has an A Level or equivalent in Spanish, but it is possible to start at an initial level with no prior knowledge of a language (unless you major in French, when a French A Level is required). Please refer to the progression pathway table to find out which modules are suitable for your linguistic profile.
You can study up to two languages with this course.
The below example structure shows a student studying French and Spanish.
Discover the nature and role of accounting, discussing who uses accounting information and for what purposes. You learn about the processes used to record, summarise and present accounting data, using the computerised accounting package MyAccountingLab. You also investigate the development and role of regulation in governing accounting practice.
Explore the most significant issues in management theory and practice. You draw out some of the connections and disjunctures between management theory and management practice. You also consider the ethics of managing, and how to balance a business’s priorities with the organisation's wider responsibilities to society and other stakeholders.
This module encourages you to become an active, independent learner, with the ability to reflect on business situations and form your own opinions. We cover areas designed to help you adjust to a university business education so you can perform to your full academic and professional potential. We explore the importance of referencing, constructing a coherent argument and developing writing skills for a variety of purposes, such as academic essays, exams and reports. We develop your analytical skills, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills to help you get the most from your time at university.
Want to learn Spanish from scratch? And spend four weeks abroad during the summer? Build your language abilities, so you can read short stories or novels in Spanish, as well as articulate your ideas verbally or in writing. Undertake a research project, in Spanish, on a topic of your choosing.
This compulsory module aims to help you excel in your academic studies by introducing you to effective study techniques and tools, including the study skills support and resources available to you within Essex Business School. You receive guidance on your academic progress, as well as your personal and professional development. These sessions offer you the opportunity to meet and develop networks and connections within the School and provide key support throughout your first year by helping you to develop the skills and learning strategies needed throughout your degree.
This module builds on your understanding of management, work and organisation, exploring how these concepts have evolved over time and how they are understood now. You look at how management theory relates to organisational practice, examine the social dynamics underpinning the field of organisation studies and analyse some of the most important themes affecting management today.
Gain a more advanced understanding of the international context which helps to shape the strategies and operations of organisations, and explore some of the current issues and challenges facing organisations within the international business environment. In particular, you focus on international political economy, covering the major economic systems in the world, and tracing the historical evolution of the global order.
The business world is increasingly global, complex and fast changing. While some organisations are consistently successful over a long period of time, many fail and are forgotten forever. In theory it should become consecutively easier to imitate the strategies of winning companies and dissipate their profits. In practice, however, only a few firms become long-term leaders. In this course, you explore why that is.
This module introduces quantitative and qualitative methods used in management and marketing research and demonstrates how they are applied in different settings. We explore the methodological, ethical and practical elements of designing business research and learn how to gather, review and analyse data from a variety of sources. You develop your presentation skills and learn how to plan, organise, manage and share research projects.
Want to improve your French? Can you describe people and places? Or initiate and take part in a conversation? Use a wide range of authentic materials, that depict real-life activities, to consolidate your French language skills. Improve your ability to deal with everyday situations in a natural and creative way.
Want to build your confidence when both speaking and writing in Spanish? Develop your language abilities, expanding your vocabulary and improving your listening and oral skills. Expand your understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture and history through the use of texts, films and conversations with native speakers.
This module links subject understanding to employability, ensuring you’re prepared to take advantage of graduate opportunities at the point they’re advertised. You gain an understanding of the graduate labour market and recruitment processes, as well as timelines for recruitment and interview and assessment centre techniques. You also learn about options for postgraduate study.
This module aims to develop your understanding of leadership in organisations. You explore a range of traditional and current leadership theories and relate these to business and managerial practice. You also examine business ethics and develop your team working, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Gain an understanding of the main quantitative and qualitative methods used in business, management and marketing research, and an appreciation of the practical application of these skills within a variety of research settings. You explore the methodological, ethical and practical considerations in the design of business research, and the collection, analysis and dissemination of research data.
Since the 1980's, Human Resource Management (HRM) has promoted the view that it is the people (rather that the technology, products or marketing strategies) of the organisation that are the key to organisational success. You question the assumptions made within HRM as a philosophy and practice, and how this approach has implications for the way that employees are conceptualised, managed and treated within organisations.
Want to develop your French comprehension? Improve your spoken and written language skills? Sharpen your grammatical accuracy? Make use of a range of materials to further advance your language abilities, building coherent and cohesive skills for both speaking and writing in French.
Need to build your professional skills? Want to know how to use various software packages? Cover topics related to your studies and to the world of work. Gain transferable skills by making oral presentations in French, retrieving and processing information from internet sources, and producing documents relating to working life.
Want near-native level competence in Spanish? Wish to deal quickly and precisely with written or spoken documents? Refine your knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary by studying different texts. Practice your writing with essays and reports, and learn to express yourself clearly in complex situations.
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
- Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions
- Modules delivered by experts in the field as well as guest speakers
- Contribute and interact in lectures through the use of smart technology
- Lecture presentations and notes are uploaded online beforehand to help you prepare in advance
- Activities designed to develop your practical language skills, such as role-play and class presentations
- Cultural and social themes are explored through film, music, the internet, theatre and literature
- Complete your final-year project in consultation with a personal supervisor
- Assessed through traditional methods of end-of-year exams and multiple choice questions in class tests and essays
- Plus more innovative and creative assessments include laboratory work, poster presentations, real-business case problems and group presentations
- Languages assessed through role-plays and translations
UK entry requirements
GCSE: Mathematics C
If Portuguese is taken as the major language, A Level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required.
IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the
high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
Applicant Days and interviews
Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.
Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
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Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
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