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.
Through your business management and modern languages degree you will 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 areas include:
Your first year focuses on the business management area of your degree and 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.
Your second year allows to to take a deeper dive into business management theory and practise while also encouraging you to develop your skills as a modern languages practitioner.
The third year of your BA Business Management and Modern Languages course is where your immersive languages experience really takes off. You will undertake this year as a year abroad, studying at one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in depth, independent research project or dissertation. This gives you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.
This course is taught at Essex Business School, ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
We champion responsible management and ethical business practices; you join a school not just committed to excellence in business education and social science research, but an intellectual community working to make business better. We don't just prepare you for a successful career; we'll help you shape the kind of world you want to live in.
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.
If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university
You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics and practitioners with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting the business world.
Our staff specialise in areas including:
We are home to industry renowned figures, including our world leading Professor of Leadership and Organisation Elisabeth Kelan, author of 'Rising Stars: Developing Millennial Women as Leaders' and an expert on women and leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work and diversity and inclusion.
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 top 20 for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings (2018).
You can also learn an additional third 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.
Our new building provides you with superb facilities:
Our business school is located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, where you may be able to take advantage of networking and work experience opportunities with businesses located on site.
You also benefit from the learning resources available within our Department of Language and Linguistics:
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.
Today’s graduate job market is competitive, with employers looking for candidates who understand how business works. An Essex education prepares you for the world of work.
The Essex Business School Placements Team are winners of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018: Best University Placement Service (Under 100 Placements).
“In a graduate labour market where you need more than just a good degree, I believe that Essex offers our student unparalleled opportunities to develop relevant, transferable skills and wither interests sought by today’s employers.” Vicki Doughty, Essex Business School Placements Manager.
Your course develops your transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication. Specialist modules foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.
Our graduates can develop rewarding careers in a range of disciplines including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many work at high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs across the globe, such as:
Many have also started their own successful ventures. Recent examples include:
You benefit from a range of career support and employability opportunities from the School, including access to employer talks. The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can also provide information about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
“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
Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2019 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.
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.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory modules and options chosen from lists. Below is just one example of the combination of modules you could take in the current academic year, with this example showing a student studying French and Spanish. 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.
You can study up to two languages with this course and the language modules you study depend upon your level when you arrive.
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 Portuguese, when an A-level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required). Please refer to the progression pathway table to find out which modules are suitable for your linguistic profile.
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.
Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision. There’s no need to call us to apply; just do it all online.
We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:
The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.
Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tours allows you to explore our University from the comfort of your home. Check out our Colchester virtual tour and Southend virtual tour to see accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.
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