Languages @ UCLan
MA in Modern Foreign Languages


In the 'global village', a command of foreign languages is becoming increasingly important. The ability to communicate fluently in European and non-European languages, together with an understanding of cultural, political and economic contexts within foreign countries, not only make for a personally enriching experience, but also are becoming indispensable tools in many professions in the UK and abroad.

Course Overview

This course develops advanced communication skills in a chosen foreign language as well as a mature understanding of cultural identity. The programme consists of three compulsory core modules: Research Methodology, Advanced French or German or Spanish language and one module on the theme of relationships and conflict within French, German or Spanish society. For the Diploma and the MA, options are available at Levels 3 and 4 in all three languages, whilst the Dissertation (triple module) forms the exit point for the MA. Assessment will not be examination-based; instead, the focus will be on student-led seminars, essays and PDP (Personal Development Planning). It is possible for students wishing to advance their skills in two languages to choose another Level 4 language as an option. The course serves both those students seeking to gain a career advantage in the labour market and those who wish to take a first step in their pursuit of postgraduate study.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will receive input from a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process.
We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, projects and examinations. The assessment methods and criteria we use are linked to the learning outcomes specified for each module. At the end of the diploma, students will conduct a research project on an aspect of modern foreign language they are interested in.

Specific entry requirements:

Normally a 2:1 honours degree with a component in French, German or Spanish, or an equivalent qualification such as the Institute of Linguists Diploma/University Graduate Diploma in Foreign Languages. Students with non-standard qualifications are welcome to contact the Course leader. In some cases informal interviews may be necessary.

Course Dates and Fees

Starting period: September 2005

Fees for overseas: £ 1200 per module PT
UK / EU: £280 per module PT

How to apply:

Application for postgraduate courses is made directly to the University. Application forms for full-time and part-time taught degrees, along with specific course leaflets, can be obtained from course enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 892400 or email:


For more information on our postgraduate course, please contact the course leader:

Petra Bagley
Languages and International Studies
University of Central Lancashire

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893139
Fax: +44 (0)1772 892909
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