Modern Languages and Cultures

MLang Hons

  • UCAS code R810
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 4

    4th for Italian

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

  • 9

    9th for French and German

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

  • Study or work overseas during your international placement year

Why Lancaster?

  • Go from undergraduate to master's level in just four years to boost your profile as a higher level language graduate
  • Choose to deep dive into one or two languages
  • Challenge yourself as a linguist and explore the political, historical and cultural context of your chosen language/s
  • Learn from trained linguists carrying out high-profile research across some fascinating fields, as diverse as German culture and albinism in Africa
  • Stand out to employers with a higher level language degree – a badge of excellence in both language ability and intercultural understanding

Sharpen your reading, writing and speaking ability in one or two languages. Spend your second year studying abroad and fast-track your advancement as you experience a different culture. In just four years you’ll have a postgraduate language degree and advanced skills that will get you noticed.

Study at a partner university

To join this course, you’ll need to have previously studied one or two languages. Once you join us, we’ll closely monitor your performance to ensure you’re ready for the challenge of a placement year abroad and completing a postgraduate qualification in just four years.

You’ll kickstart your studies at Lancaster exploring areas such as advanced grammar and translation, then advance into your second year in Europe. Our partner universities in France, Germany and Spain are familiar with this programme and make sure you cover all the vital Year 2 subjects while you’re away. If you’re studying two languages, you’ll split the year between the two countries.

Resilient and ready for success

After returning to Lancaster, you’ll complete a range of modules, including your undergraduate dissertation. In your final year, you’ll be working at postgraduate level with a fresh choice of topics followed by your postgraduate dissertation. Your dissertation topics provide the chance to dive deep into a subject of your choice. Perhaps you have a favourite piece of work you want to translate with a critical eye? Or maybe you want to dive into research about different dialects?

By the end of the course, you’ll be extremely resilient on a personal and professional level. Although the course is intense, we’ll provide all the support you need, from preparation sessions for your international placement year to workshops that will get you ready for a career as a language graduate. We also offer resilience training as we recognise the importance of the mental wellbeing of our students.

Beginners Languages

In addition to studying one or two languages at advanced level as a major or joint major degree, you have the option to take one beginners level language as a minor subject in your first year. After the first year, you will continue to study your major language/s at an advanced level.

With our beginners language courses, you have the opportunity to develop your skills from scratch to AS level standard in just one year. This is intensive but rewarding, and adds another dimension to your knowledge of modern languages.


Integrated Master's are a fantastic opportunity to achieve a postgraduate qualification in four years, which will stand out on your CV.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have a brilliant combination of interpersonal, intercultural, and transferable skills that can be applied to a range of rewarding career paths. This course is also a great stepping-stone to doctoral research.

Our languages graduates have gone on to specialist careers in translation, international business, international finance, and teaching. They have also chosen to enter a range of other professions, such as:

  • Accountancy
  • IT
  • Civil Service
  • Events management
  • Journalism
  • Sales and marketing
  • Publishing

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level in one or two of the languages to be studied. Please visit the Languages & Cultures webpages for further details.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects, including one or two of the languages to be studied. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.

BTEC Accepted alongside A levels in one or two of the languages to be studied. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.






Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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