Students and Staff of Languages and Cultures

About Us

Our Department

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 Languages

Our degrees schemes combine Chinese*, 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.

Italian can also be taken as a minor subject and students are encouraged to reach an advanced (B2/C1) level.

* Please note that we currently offer Chinese in combination with French, German and Spanish for 20/21 applications, and not in conjunction with other subjects. We are currently developing Chinese major degrees with non-language subjects.

Our Approach

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.