The Department of Languages and Cultures (DeLC) has pioneered a distinctive exploration of languages in the context of their related global cultures. The Complete University Guide for 2017 has placed DELC in the national top ten listings for French (4th place) and Spanish (5th place). In The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 the department ranked 4th for research quality in German, and 5th in French and Spanish.
DeLC delivers a wide variety of degree schemes and provides a lively environment for study. The department is also small enough to allow students and staff to work closely together. When you study in DeLC you are constantly encouraged to achieve your very best.
About 60 undergraduate students enroll each year on a degree with us, studying one, two or three languages, or combining a language with a non-language subject. Visiting students from other countries enhance the international flavour of life in the department. Additionally, DeLC has a vibrant postgraduate culture, with students enrolled on MA programmes (in Translation or in Modern Languages research) and studying for PhDs.
Our degrees schemes combine French, German and Spanish as major subjects. Our major schemes all have the same aims: students achieve high-level language skills and in-depth understanding of the relevant cultures and complement this with courses that are comparative and trans-national (European and/or global) in nature.
Chinese or Italian can also be taken as a minor subject and students are encouraged to reach an advanced (B2/C1) level.
Our approach to teaching and research is an exciting and intellectually challenging synthesis of languages and wide-ranging cultural studies. Our research is interdisciplinary contributing to the excellent results of two Lancaster University groupings in the latest research assessment (REF 2014), namely English Language and Literature, and Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory. In both groupings over a third of the research submitted was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.