Studying modern languages is about more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation: you will also immerse yourself in culture, spend time working or studying abroad and learn to understand the subtleties of communication. The study of a language with politics offers the exciting prospect of a four-year degree programme that combines two contrasting, but often complementary, areas of interest. You will follow the core modules in Hispanic Studies designed to help you develop your skills in writing and speaking that language as well as core modules in politics. In addition, you will normally spend a year abroad in a country where the language is spoken.
Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary
Hispanics Studies is taught in one of the leading language departments in the UK. This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field. Hispanic Studies covers both the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America and includes the study of Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan.
You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills among native speakers. If you are studying two languages you can divide your time between two countries, or spend a full nine months in one country, and three months over the summer vacation in the other. You have three main options for how to spend the year abroad: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad on an Erasmus exchange; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with the School’s support, or independently, with the School’s approval.
We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Language Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.
The College Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing satellite TV. Students also enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, drama productions and regular social meetings which give you the chance to practise your language as well as have fun.
Politics at Queen Mary
The School of Politics and International Relations is rated very highly for the quality of our research. Our staff have diverse research interests, and this is reflected in the choice of modules available to students.
There are huge benefits to studying politics in London, with national political institutions, party headquarters, high-profile international organisations and think-tanks all based here. At Queen Mary, we exploit our location to the full, inviting a range of high-profile and inspiring speakers to the campus.
Politics Compulsory modules
- Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies
- EITHER Political Analysis or Introduction to International Relations
Hispanic Studies core and compulsory module:
- Introductory Spanish* (for ab initio entrants) / Spanish I* (for post A-level entrants) / Spanish I N (for native and heritage speakers) (*QMUL Model Module)
- Introduction to Hispanic Studies (QMUL Model Module)
- Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
Politics core modules
- There are no Politics core or compulsory modules
- British Politics
- Global Governance
- International Relations: Theories and Concepts
- Modern Political Thought
- Theories of the State, Economy and Society
- War and Security in World Politics
- The Politics of Economic Ideas
- International Relations: Theories and Contemporary Issues
- Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
- Comparative European Politics
- US Politics
- The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
- European Politics: National Identity and Ethnicity
- Analysing Public Policy
Hispanic Studies Core module:
- Spanish II Intensive (for ab initio entrants) / Spanish II (for post A-level entrants)/ Language Myths (for native and heritage speakers)
- Cuban Poetry and Fiction: Post 1980
- Catalan Literature: An Introduction
- Colonialism and Culture in Latin America
- Manoel de Oliveira: Image and Utopia in Portugal's Cinema
- Literature, Dictatorship and Cultural Memory in the Hispanic World
- Year abroad: written and oral assignments
Politics core modules
- There are no Politics core or compulsory modules
- Analysing Public Policy
- Globalisation: Issues and Debates
- US Foreign Policy
- The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
- Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
- Africa and International Politics
- Parliamentary Studies
- Race and Racism in World Politics
- Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds
- The Political Economy of South East Asia
- Contemporary Russian Politics
- Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
- Global Ethics
- The European Union
- The Political Life of Security Methods
- Race and Racism in World Politics: Independent Research
- The International Politics of Africa: Independent Research
Hispanic Studies Core module:
- Spanish III (for ab initio and post A-Level entrants, and native and heritage speakers)
- Advanced Oral Competence in Spanish
- War, Humour and Love in Medieval Spanish Literature
- Cervantes and the Nature of Fiction
- The Mexican Revolution and its Aftermath
- Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice
- Subversive Humour in Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature and Film
- Slavery, Colonialism and Postcolonialism in African Cinema
- Modern Languages Research Project
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.|
|EPQ||Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
2017 Entry requirements
You may study a language without having studied it before (except for French) provided that you have a proven ability in a foreign language. You may only study one language from scratch. Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a grade B in GCSE English language or equivalent, or will be required to have IELTS 7 (with grade 7 in writing.
Typical grades required: ABB from three A-levels with a minimum B in a language.
Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Subjects and grades: 32 points overall including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a language at Higher Level.
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teachingLearning and Teaching:
Teaching typically involves a lecture per week for each module, followed up by a smaller seminar group session where you will have the opportunity to actively contribute. In addition to this, you will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – you will be taught in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and fewer than 10 for oral and aural work.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Assessment methods vary from module to module, and include a mixture of exams and coursework, coursework only, oral exams (including the production of a short radio programme), final-year dissertations and a range of more innovative methods, such as independent projects and creative journals.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting and teaching, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing, publishing and journalism.
The broad range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:
|Global Technical Support Representation||Bloomberg|
|Assistant Tour Manager||Sony|
|Trainee Manager||Majestic Wine|
|Training Centre Co-ordinator||ESI International|
|Fundraising Administrator||Mildmay International|
|International Product Analyst||Meta-Pack|
|Graduate Account Executive||Hall & Partners|
|English as a Foreign Language Teacher||British Council|
In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.
Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:
• attend networking or industry events
• apply for internships in your ideal area of work
• volunteer with local or national charities
• work part-time.
And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.
Learning a language
Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
Student Profile: Ione Abbott (Graduated 2015)
Studied: BA French & Hispanic Studies
What did you choose Queen Mary?
London location, campus based study, very good facilities, high quality teaching and good international reputation
Why did you choose your course?
It was high on the league table for Hispanic Studies and had very good student satisfaction in the French Department. London is the perfect location for studying languages due to the diverse range of Hispanic and Francophone cultural events, as well as the fact that it is possible to access language learning resources at the University of London libraries.
What are the main differences between school/college and undergraduate study?
At university the amount of independent study is significantly higher than secondary school, meaning that the you must be dedicated to doing your own research and reading up on subjects outside of class.
Was it an easy transition to makes?
The transition was challenging especially when in the first year the workload was a big step up from A-Levels. However I spoke to my personal advisor for advice and support which was extremely helpful in making this transition.
Where did you spend your Year Abroad?
Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
What support did you receive while abroad?
I received a very good level of support from QM whilst abroad. In fact whilst at university I had a problem with one of my courses, however I spoke with the Year Abroad coordinator at QM and she was able to sort out the issue quickly and efficiently. We also received very good advice from our lecturers at QM before the year abroad, regarding what to expectin terms of cultural difference at university etc.
What are the main differences you encountered?
Adapting to a different university system was challenging, however very rewarding as I had the chance to study new literature and linguistics from a different perspective.