Modern Language and Business & Management (German) (4 Years) [BA]
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- You will have the opportunity to take part in the Manchester Leadership Programme; this is a unique opportunity that will not only broaden your horizons but also enhance your CV.
- There is a huge choice of management and related units covering economics, finance, accounting, technology and business.
- Our students have an enviable employment record and the combination of business knowledge and language skills is an attractive one for employers.
- You will be introduced to a range of academic expertise that is amongst the widest in UK German studies. At Manchester conventional distinctions between a 'traditional' approach, focusing on language plus literature, and a 'progressive' approach, with its emphasis on modern German life and culture, are superseded by a broader vision, recognising both the relevance of tradition and the ever-present need for innovation. Our specialisms include historical and contemporary linguistics, literary studies, film and cultural studies, women's studies, modern history and the Holocaust.
- Our teaching, which has been praised in the Teaching Quality Assessment and by our External Examiners, is backed up by an innovative Independent Language Learning Programme, which enables students to take control of their own learning experience.
Course content for year 1
- You will be equipped with a range of important skills such as linguistic expertise, the ability to read and analyse material, skills in presentation, group work and independent language learning.
- Your time will be divided equally between your language and culture studies and your studies in business and management.
- Compulsory modules introduce finane, management, microeconomics, macroeconomics and develop transferable skills
- You will choose one further module from a range of options accross management, finance and economics
- You are trained in modern spoken and written German through a core language course in which you work with German texts, write short essays and engage in discussions in German (this language instruction takes place in German and is taught principally by native speakers). At the same time you reinforce your grammar and vocabulary through monitored self-study.
- In addition you study a set of courses relevant to your degree designed to give you an essential grounding in key areas of German culture, history or linguistics. Most of the teaching on these courses is in English, so that you can focus fully on the new concepts introduced to you. In this way we hone not only your German language skills, but also your expression and accuracy in English.
Course content for year 2
- You may be able to study up to two thirds of your course in either business and management or language and cultural studies
- You will have a large degree of flexibility to tailor your business and management units to your interests
- Opportunity to study the 'Leadership in Action' module as part of the Manchester Leadership Programme.
- In the second year of your programme you build on the grounding already established in year one. This year's core language course develops that of the previous year and prepares you for the linguistic challenges of your year abroad. Within it you can continue with a study of culture and society in Germany and Austria, or take a course in business German - Wirtschaftsdeutsch.
- You also continue your programme of monitored self-study to complement your language classes.
- The other courses available in your second year are more numerous and specialised than in the first year.
Course content for year 3
- Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.
- For further information on the year abroad please see the residence abroad webpage.
Course content for year 4
- You may be able to weight your course toward either subject
- Large reange of specialized modules available in business and management
- You will resume your studies in Manchester with a core language course and a choice of a very wide range of specialised courses. Language study is centred on translation into and out of German, essay writing, and oral work involving discussion of texts, debates and presentations.
- Also available in this year are course units which cover topics closely related to the research interests of individual members of staff, covering a broad range of linguistic, literary, historical and cultural topics.
- Depending on the programme you are following, you may, as part of your final-year work, write a dissertation on a theme of your choice which is related to one of your courses. Most students find this an especially rewarding part of their degree programme.
Languages qualify you for a wide range of employment. Your high-level language skills will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (e.g. business, industry and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.
In our experience, many graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in England or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.
Did you know?
- MI5 actively recruit graduates with language skills
- Past students have gone into areas as diverse as Radio Reporting, Advertising, Accountancy, Events Management, Commercial Management and International Sales.
- Graduates from The University of Manchester are amongst the highest paid in the country
- More employers recruit at The University of Manchester than at any other UK university
- The University of Manchester's Careers Service is consistently voted the best in the country by both students and employers
- The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and has received the prestigious European Award for Languages from CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.
- The University hold open days twice a year (usually June and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.
- If your application is successful you will be invited to a visit day specifically for your area of study. On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, meet members of staff and current students and discuss study aims and qualifications with admissions staff.
- We do not normally interview applicants. We make offers after carefully considering your UCAS application.