Why study here?
Excellent teaching and learning resources, residence abroad, a wide range of courses, increased career opportunities, and so much more.
You can study languages alongside subjects like History and English Literature, even without a language A-level.
There are so many reasons to study languages at Manchester. Here are just a few highlights:
- Close associations with key city-based cultural institutions, including The Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, Società Dante Alighieri, Instituto Cervantes and The Confucius Institute.
- The opportunity to study and/or work for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s).
- Optional course units such as translation, foreign languages for business, and teaching English as a second, or other language.
- Study languages at any level.
- Our facilities include our state-of-the-art University Language Centre, a new interpreting suite and purpose-built recording rooms.
- We offer a range of bursaries and maintenance grants to support residence abroad activity.
- A strong network of over 30 international and language-related student societies offering cultural activities and experiences specific to your course.
- Cutting-edge, student-centred teaching – including extensive use of enquiry-based learning, digital media, blended learning, and the support of an Academic Adviser throughout your degree.
- Opportunities to combine a language with another subject including History, Linguistics, Business and Management, or a second modern language.
- Additional language learning courtesy of our Language Experience for All Programme, including Dutch, Urdu, Greek and more.
- Make contact with native speakers through our University Language Centre.
- Become the best you can be by participating in Stellify for true personal and professional growth.
- Manchester is ranked 6th in the UK for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings 2020.
Careers and employability
Study Modern Languages and Cultures at Manchester and you will develop excellent language and communications skills and in-depth intercultural understanding, all of which are attractive to employers.
The University of Manchester is also the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to High Fliers Research.
Find out more on the Careers and employability page.
Manchester is so diverse and exciting that you never find yourself bored. On top of that, the University offers a variety of societies and clubs to bolster your degree - you can always study what you’re most passionate about.Mercedes Antrobus / BA (Hons) European Studies and Spanish
Find out more about our Modern Languages and Cultures courses.
Discover the amazing facilities and resources available to all Modern Languages and Cultures staff and students.
Manchester - home of languages
The Instituto Cervantes in Manchester plays an important role in the lives of our students. It hosts a vibrant programme of events and provides opportunities for students to engage with Spanish and Latin American culture.
The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art works with a wide range of partners to put on a lively and refreshing programme of exhibitions, festival and talks.
The Contact Theatre collaborates with the University to host the annual Palaver Festival, which explores the ties between language and the arts, from dance and music composition to drama and literature.
All of our undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to learn an additional language in their own time or as part of their degree through our Languages Experience for All programme.
The Alliance Francaise has a modern and welcoming language hub in the heart of Manchester where you can watch a film, join a book club and feel part of a worldwide network.