Humanities, Language and Global Studies Courses

School of Journalism, Language and Communication courses

Recognised by industry professionals internationally, our courses deliver a strong emphasis on practical and vocational development which help students maximise their learning potential and provides our graduates with excellent employability skills. Across the School, we have a great history in teaching our subjects: we are still leading the way with innovative courses and we started the first and only Institute of Korean Studies outside London and our Worldwise Learning Centre is an excellent resource that provides you with international experiences and support for your global aspirations.

School of Journalism, Language and Communication Courses


Studying Languages and International Studies at UCLan opens a world of opportunities. We’ll help you develop excellent communication skills in your target language, and give you a thorough understanding of the wider social, cultural and political context of the regions where it is spoken. Combine this with related topics – in business, politics, social and cultural studies, or teaching English – and your career horizons are broadened considerably.

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Students on the English Literature Course have the chance to participate in a ‘Live Literature project’, designed to provide real life work experience. Students have previously organised creative writing competitions and events, projects in schools, libraries and museums, literary tours, research internships, worked with literary festivals, book awards and organised a major ‘Comicon’ Event.

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The Religion, Culture and Society team have a wide variety of links with local, national and international faith and intercultural forums, faith schools and academic institutions, all of which provide valuable contacts for students wishing to enter professions related to teaching, ministry, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and relations.

Our Courses

In our School, you can study over twenty combinations of European and non-European languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish, together with an understanding of global cultural, political and economic contexts.

Our degree programme in Asia Pacific Studies brings together different fields of expertise including language, either Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian, which can be studied from beginners to advanced, and also specialisms in international business studies, regional histories and global politics.

The School also offers a series of programmes in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), which gives you the chance to gain an internationally recognised professional teaching qualification alongside your degree studies. It is also possible to study Languages for International Business and we offer, as well, a distinctive course in Business management and Chinese, combining the study of business with Chinese language and culture and includes a compulsory overseas internship.

If your first language is not English and you want to develop your professional skills in English across a wide range of business-related subjects, you might like to consider our popular and highly career-oriented programmes in International Business and Corporate Communication.

In most of our degree programmes you have the opportunity to study abroad for a year in the country/countries of your main target language(s), on a work placement, a study placement at a partner institution, or as a Foreign Language Assistant in a school. This will enable you to enhance your language skills and improve your confidence when communicating in the language in the international environment.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy field trips at home and abroad. Visits for courses in the school have included the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, Stratford upon Avon to see a Shakespeare play, various religious buildings in the North West, Auschwitz in Poland, the European Parliament in Brussels as well as Budapest, Istanbul, Paris and Rome.

We have an enthusiastic team of well-qualified teaching staff, who are research active and their research interests and expertise feed directly into many of the modules on the programmes.

Our Philosophy Degree Course develops students’ capacities for autonomous, self-initiated and independent intellectual enquiry, and fosters the development of distinctive graduate attributes and transferable analytical skills.

The English Language and Literature Course provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through the ELSIE Project, including planning for a conference, literature festival, reading project and more.

Some courses offer an optional placement module in industry, allowing students to gain real world experience, a benefit evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs.

Students have the chance to study overseas by taking part in exchange programmes with our international network of partner universities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, the USA and a number of European countries.

You also can build work experience into your studies, via modules offered through our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, some modules are accredited from the ILM. These modules offer placements with a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations in areas such as music and the arts, environment and conservation, crime prevention, health and social welfare, sports, youth work, culture and heritage, ICT, PR and fundraising.

Professional Development and Short Courses