BA Business Management and Modern Languages

Overview

Businesses need multilingual management professionals now more than ever to be able to navigate the international and globalised nature of contemporary commerce. So, if you want to rise to the challenge of living and working abroad or engaging international stakeholders then BA Business Management and Modern Languages could be the ideal entry route for you.

This broad business management course gives you the chance to learn two modern languages of your choice while you study management at one of the UK’s best and most culturally-diverse business schools. You spend your third year studying abroad to immerse yourself in another culture, gain an international perspective on management and practise your language skills.

The ability to speak multiple languages gives you a competitive edge and can widen your employability opportunities. It can also enrich your travel experiences.

Through BA Business Management and Modern Languages you will gain an intensive, comprehensive language education, covering vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and speaking. You can study one of your languages to mastery level and develop your practical language skills through classes taught by native speakers.

Your management modules take a global, intercultural and ethical perspective. Essex Business School is home to staff and students from all over the world, providing an international education for today’s globalised world. Your modern language studies are delivered by the Department of Language and Linguistics which is a leading department in language studies.

Essex Business School champions responsible management and ethical business practices; you join a school not just committed to excellence in business education and social science research, but an intellectual community working to make business better. We don’t just prepare you for a successful career; we’ll help you shape the kind of world you want to live in.

Study areas include:

  • international business environment
  • leadership in organisations
  • organisational behaviour
  • business strategy
  • leadership
  • human resource management
  • ethical business management

Your first year focuses on the business management area of your degree and introduces you to the main functional areas of business, including accounting and marketing. This gives you flexibility to work in any area of business management after graduation.

Your second year allows you to take a deeper dive into business management theory and practise while also encouraging you to develop your skills as a modern languages practitioner.

The third year of your BA Business Management and Modern Languages course is where your immersive languages experience really takes off. You will undertake this year as a year abroad, studying at one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in depth, independent research project or dissertation. This gives you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.

Study abroad

In your study abroad year, you learn about the national business environment and legal frameworks of your host country. You study business and management modules in the country’s language, giving you the chance to practise your written and spoken skills.

Studying abroad gives you a better understanding of cultural sensitivities, as well as how business customs, norms and expectations vary across the world. When you return to the UK, you can begin your graduate job search as an attractive candidate for multi-national organisations and your experience may even mean you can transfer to an overseas office later in your career.

Our expert staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics and business practitioners with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting business today.

Our staff specialise in areas including:

  • Organisational diversity
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Historical aspects of management
  • Gender and LGBT inequality in the workplace
  • Cultural Production
  • Corporate Marketing and Corporate Communication
  • The role of bodies, knowledge and skills in consumption
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management

Essex Business School is home to practising academics who are active and influential in their field, such as Lecturer in Management and Marketing and Social Media Influencer researcher Dr Erik Jacobi. Erik’s research looks specifically at the politicisation of brands and the impact of social media influencers. This highly contemporary field of research makes Erik one of the most interesting and popular lecturers who teach on our undergraduate courses at Essex Business School.

You learn languages in the Department of Language and Linguistics, who are ranked14th for Linguistics in the Complete University Guide 2022.

All of our modern languages staff are native or bilingual speakers from countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Spain and Cuba. As well as developing your language skills, they can share their expertise in professional translation, interpreting, subtitling, film, art, business and culture.

Specialist facilities

Our BA Business Management and Modern Languages is based at our Colchester Campus.

In our landmark Essex Business School building -the first zero carbon business school in the UK- you’ll see our sustainable approach to business first-hand. Set around a lush winter garden, are a wealth of inspiring teaching and study zones..

Our new building provides you with superb facilities:

  • modern lecture theatres with ‘listen again’ recording to aid your study
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • a café and adjacent foyer to enjoy on-site fresh food and drink
  • study skills workshops and advice

Our business school is located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, where you may be able to take advantage of networking and work experience opportunities with businesses located on site.

You also benefit from the learning resources available within our Department of Language and Linguistics:

  • Melissi Digital Classroom software for subtitling and interpreting
  • a new 20-position interpreting lab
  • Extra-curricular activities are available through student societies

Your future

Well-honed business management skills combined with language skills will prepare you for a truly international career.

As the world of business becomes more globalised, your language skills will make you stand out as a business graduate. As a school with an international outlook, Essex Business School will help you do business beyond borders while developing your analytical and leadership skills.

Many of our graduates go on to graduate management training schemes or roles within NGOs straight after graduation.

The BA Business Management and Modern Languages curriculum taught here embeds transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication across all modules.

The Study Skills module in year one will develop your academic skills, while the Student Success modules in year two will build on what you learned in year one and so that you can easily step up to meet the growing academic demands of your second and final years. The Successful Futures module in year two will foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.

Recent graduate destinations include:

The School will support you with a range of skills and careers opportunities, including: skills development workshops; employer talks; skills events and careers conferences.

BA Business Management and Modern Languages students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.


Why we’re great.

  • You learn two languages from native speakers.
  • We teach international, intercultural and ethical management.
  • We’re ranked in the UK’s top 25 in the UK for research quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

Structure

Course structure

This course is designed to provide you with a broad overview of all the main areas of business management, whilst also allowing you to be flexible to study your own areas of interest.

In the first year our current students cover the fundamentals that every business manager needs to know. However, we are planning some changes to our first year and we’ll be tailoring it more closely to your chosen course. Then in second and final year you will have a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists. Please be aware that we are planning changes to our first year to make it more relevant to your chosen course.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Language options

You can study up to two languages with this course and the language modules you study depend upon your level when you arrive. Below is just one example of the combination of modules you could take in the current academic year, with this example showing the progression for a student who has an A Level or equivalent in Spanish.

It is possible to start at an initial level with no prior knowledge of a language (unless you major in Portuguese, when an A-level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required). Please refer to the progression pathway table to find out which modules are suitable for your linguistic profile.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Year abroad

On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.

Teaching

  • Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions
  • Modules delivered by experts in the field as well as guest speakers
  • Contribute and interact in lectures through the use of smart technology
  • Lecture presentations and notes are uploaded online beforehand to help you prepare in advance
  • Activities designed to develop your practical language skills, such as role-play and class presentations
  • Cultural and social themes are explored through film, music, the internet, theatre and literature
  • Complete your final-year project in consultation with a personal supervisor

Assessment

  • Assessed through traditional methods of end-of-year exams and multiple-choice questions in class tests and essays
  • Plus more innovative and creative assessments include laboratory work, poster presentations, real-business case problems and group presentations
  • Languages assessed through role-plays and translations

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