What Will You Study

This four-year combined degree is provided by our renowned Department of Languages and Cultures and the highly-ranked Department of Linguistics and English Language. A year abroad gives you a unique opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture. You don’t need to have studied Spanish before as we offer an intensive course for beginners.

In Spanish Studies we aim to help you become truly fluent. Taking Linguistics in tandem with Spanish Studies will give you increased awareness of the grammar of the language, and allow you to really understand the structure of both English, Spanish, and a wide range of other languages from around the world. We also offer courses on contemporary Spanish history and Spanish and Mexican culture. In your second year you’ll study modules such as The Structures of the World’s Languages and Spanish Language Oral Skills.

Your third year living abroad in Spain, Mexico, or South America will deepen your intercultural sensitivity and your command of the language. You can study at a partner institution, or carry out a work placement and practice your language skills in a real-world context. Staff members within the department will work with you to secure accommodation, ensuring that you are fully equipped before embarking on your year abroad.

On your return to Lancaster in the fourth year, you’ll specialise further. Choices include Cognitive Linguistics and Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry. You could also choose to complete a dissertation on a topic. Given the range of expertise within our department, our academics will be able to supervise most topics that fit your interests. We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisors and a chance to join our highly active student society. The linguistic, communication and interpersonal skills you’ll acquire are highly prized by employers. The Linguistics element of your degree is of professional relevance in many areas, from education to business management, advertising to accountancy. The British Council, Civil and Diplomatic services, MI6, GCHQ, and other international agencies offer many interesting career paths for language graduates. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations, and we are confident our degree programme will set you up well for a career in these areas.