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The University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX, UK 0870 126 2000 H72

The University of Hull Modern languages

Key facts The typical entry offer for Single Honours and for most Joint Honours language courses is 260–280 points, but some combinations with other subjects have different requirements. Typical offers for all courses are listed in the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus. Mature students, international students and students with qualifications other than A levels are encouraged to apply, and will be considered on an individual basis. For a list of degree programmes provided by the Department of Modern Languages, with their UCAS codes, see page 4. For further details of courses described in this pamphlet, please contact the following at The University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK. Admissions contacts Kay Nock Helen Johnston Admissions Coordinator Admissions Tutor Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences E E T 01482 466059 T 01482 465634

Contents Why study languages?


Courses and UCAS codes at a glance


Course structure


Learning resources


The Year Abroad


Combined Languages










Languages with Business, Management or Marketing


Languages with Translation Studies


Other study opportunities


Courses for non-native speakers of English


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The Department of Modern Languages provides … A wide variety of courses We combine language study with modules in social and political history, literature, film, art, translation studies and other options. Specialist teaching staff The staff of the Department of Modern Languages are specialists in their fields.Their own research interests, and the books and articles that they write, are reflected in their teaching through tutorials, small option groups and larger lectures. Native-speaker input to teaching Our students are able to interact with a large number of native speakers on a daily basis. A group of lectors, who are in Hull for one or two years, lead oral classes and language laboratory sessions; and more permanent native-speaker teachers provide specialised language tuition.You will also meet the numerous exchange students who come to the University of Hull from many European countries. A year abroad Our courses normally include a year abroad in a country where a language that you are studying is spoken, either within Europe or further afield; for example, you could go to Francophone Quebec or Spanish-speaking Latin America! You will have the choice of spending your year abroad as an assistant in a school, as a student at a university, or working in an industrial or commercial placement.

Excellent accommodation The Department of Modern Languages is a large and bustling community on the first floor of the Larkin Building, near the University’s main entrance, and in the connected Ferens Building, which houses our purpose-built Language Institute.The bright, airy and spacious accommodation provided by the Larkin Building includes teaching rooms, tutors’ rooms, and large central conversation areas which are regular meeting places for students. Evaluation by students We have staff–student committees and a forum made up of elected staff and student members to allow any problems, suggestions or complaints to be debated. Recently, there have been discussions about topics such as examinations and continuous assessment, the availability or otherwise of recommended books and the provision of information to second-years about the Year Abroad.These committees fulfil a very important role in providing student feedback. Staff also seek student views on modules informally, through personal contacts; and, additionally, questionnaires seeking objective and anonymous opinions about specific modules are used. Naturally, we try to react positively to any constructive criticisms to improve what we can offer.

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Up-to-date resources • You will quickly realise the tremendous value of our Language Institute, in the Ferens Building, with its interpreting suite, six audiovisual rooms, two digital multimedia labs and Open Learning Centre, all equipped with the very latest audiovisual and computer facilities. • The Brynmor Jones Library has almost a million volumes, including well-stocked Modern Languages sections, as well as plentiful working spaces. • Excellent IT facilities are available for all students, not only in the Computer Centre but across the campus and in halls of residence. 1995/2001 assessment results Teaching Research French 21 4 German 21 3a Italian 22 3a Spanish 24 4


Quality education Hull’s language department performed very well in the latest national assessments of all language departments by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) and HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England). The teaching assessment was based on the full range of activities: observation of teaching; methods of assessment; student achievement; curriculum; staff development; application of resources (library, IT, equipment); and student support and guidance.These activities were each assessed on a scale of 1 to 4, with a maximum of 24 points overall. The department was also assessed as part of the national Research Assessment Exercise and graded on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest score). The results demonstrated that research by members of staff in the department had attained levels of national and international excellence.

Why study languages? Modern languages are vital in a world of international interdependence, cooperation and trade. Whatever happens in other areas, a Single European Language is not on the horizon, so we must learn to understand each other’s languages and cultures.Those who do put themselves at a real advantage.

What does a modern languages course offer? • You can choose from a range of languages and their cultures. • You acquire the practical skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to the foreign language(s), and of proficiency in translation, all of which an increasing number of employers expect. • You equip yourself with a first-rate knowledge of the historical and cultural background of the country (or countries) you are studying. Selling abroad, for example, is not just a matter of knowing your product and being able to present it; your customers will expect you to know something of their culture. • You improve your ability to think on your feet, to work to a deadline and to work alone as well as in a group. • You acquire an ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. • You learn to think logically and to construct a convincing argument. • You gain a qualification that is highly marketable and enhances your employability.

Careers with modern languages Graduates in languages are valued by employers, but not just for their linguistic skills.You will be trained to think critically and perceptively. Essays on cultural topics are not ends in themselves, but develop good habits in presenting material and constructing arguments. On many courses, you will practise group work and have to make presentations, again learning skills that employers value in graduates. Students from the department follow many career paths. Some go on to further study and training. Others enter a variety of professions – including management, marketing, translation work, teaching and accountancy – in the UK, in Europe or elsewhere in the global market.

Jane Bennett-Powell BA French plus Spanish, now with BBC News

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Hull was friendly, the work challenging, and the travel immensely valuable.The options allowed you to tailor your course to your personal interests. Did my degree skills contribute to my career? While I helped a lost Spanish lorry driver in my time at BBC Radio Sheffield, it wasn’t until four years ago that I ‘doorstepped’ Felipe González, Spanish Prime Minister, and only this year that I used my French language for reports on paedophiles in Belgium and France for Channel 4 News. But my Spanish learnt from scratch worked well, and study of French in depth provides a standard to judge other efforts. And of course I got involved in televising a Molière play, and joined the student television service, which provided me with a springboard for a career in broadcasting.


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Courses and UCAS codes at a glance If you wish to study one language and its cultures in the greatest depth, we would recommend that you choose one of the following courses. French Studies German Studies Italian Studies Spanish Studies


Hons Hons Hons Hons

(4 (4 (4 (4

years) years) years) years)

R110 R210 R310 R410

If you wish to study one of our four language subjects with a subject other than a language, one of the following four-year BA Joint Honours degree courses will probably be the best option for you.

American Studies Drama English Film Studies History Music Philosophy Theology/Religion

French German Italian Spanish or Hispanic Studies TR71 TR72 TR73 TR74 WR41 WR42 WR43 WR44 QR31 QR32 QR33 QR34 RP13 RP23 RP33 RP43 VR11 VR12 VR13 VR14 WR31 WR32 WR33 WR34 VR51 VR52 VR53 VR54 RV16 RV26 RV36 RV46

If you would like to study two of the language subjects that we offer within a Joint degree, you can choose from the following range of four-year BA Joint Honours courses.

French German Italian

German RR12

Italian RR13 RR23

Spanish RR14 RR24 RR34

In our four-year ‘with’ degrees, you can take a language and another subject in a major/minor combination, the language being the major subject. Business Gender Studies French R1N1 R1L3 German R2N1 R2L3 Italian R3N1 R3L3 Spanish R4N1 R4L3


Management Marketing Translation Studies R1N2 R1N5 R1Q9 R2N2 R2N5 R2Q9 R3N2 R3N5 R3Q9 R4N2 R4N5 R4Q9

Or you can take two modern languages ‘with’ another subject. Again, these are four-year degrees.

Two Two Two Two

Modern Modern Modern Modern

Languages Languages Languages Languages

with Business with Management with Marketing with Translation Studies

R8N1 R8N2 R8N5 R8Q9

If your major interest is in language and you wish to acquire and develop competence in three of Western Europe’s main languages, our Combined Languages degree may be ideal for you.

Combined Languages

BA Hons (4 years)


If you have family or other commitments, you may be interested in our three-year course which involves the study of two languages with no formal Residence Abroad requirement. Modern Language Studies

BA Hons (3 years)


If English is not your first language, you may be interested in one of the following courses. English as a Foreign Language, Literature and Culture English as a Foreign Language, Literature and Culture (including Foundation English) Modern Language Studies (including Foundation English)

BA Hons (3 years)


BA Hons (4 years)


BA Hons (4 years)


Course structure Credits and semesters

Residence abroad

The University has a two-semester year, and uses a credit-based system to structure your studies. Some flexibility is built in, but essentially the system means that you take a total of 120 credits each year.

All courses include a year abroad except our BA in Modern Languages.The year is spent in a country where one of the languages that you are taking is spoken, or it can be divided between two countries if you are a two-language Joint or a Combined Languages student. If one of your languages is not covered in your year abroad, you spend a month in a country where it is spoken. See pages 7–8.

Types of degree Single, Joint and BA in Modern Languages You can apply to major in one language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) and specialise in that language.You select other subject(s) for the rest of your credits from a range of possibilities, including other languages.You can also take two subjects throughout your degree. If you choose two languages, such as French and Italian, or German and Spanish, you have the option to choose 60 credits in each within your 120 total for the year. This two-language structure also applies to the three-year BA in Modern Languages. If you take one language plus another subject, such as film studies or philosophy, you normally take 60 credits each year in each subject. Combined Languages In this course you take three languages to degree level.The weighting of each is flexible, though you must take at least 30 credits per year in the main languages studied (see page 9).

Flexible courses As our degree courses have common language cores and similar overall structures, the department operates as flexibly as possible. If you find that your interests in languages change as you progress, you will find us prepared to consider favourably your moving from one type of degree to another. For example, we have allowed students to move between Combined, Joint and Single Honours degrees after their first semester or first year, and even before their final year. Of course, you must have studied appropriate modules to qualify to change course. But we try to be helpful.

Studying Combined Languages at Hull has been a challenging but very rewarding experience. Being able to specialise in language-based modules and study a new language from scratch has really improved my skills. Staff in Modern Languages have always been ready to help – I’ll be sad to leave such a friendly university. Holly Sayer BA Combined Languages

Language degrees with translation studies In these programmes, new from 2008, you take up to two languages to degree level, with the remaining third of the programme devoted to modules in translation studies.

Languages credit requirement There is only one special credit requirement: that in every year our students must normally follow 40 credits, and must certainly take at least 30 credits, of practical language in every language studied at degree level.This ensures that you acquire and maintain high levels of linguistic proficiency.The other modules that you take vary from one degree course to another.

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Learning resources You will find additional support in your language learning from • the Language Institute • the Brynmor Jones Library • the Computer Centre

The Language Institute The Language Institute – an integral part of the Department of Modern Languages – hosts a wealth of material, available to you whatever languages you study. Facilities include • a library of audio and video cassettes, CDs, DVDs, etc • a large Open Learning Centre with staff on hand • teaching rooms equipped with the latest technology • Open Learning Advisers A number of your language classes will take place in our purpose-built audiovisual laboratories. But there is also plenty of scope to take your language learning beyond the classroom.There is no need to wait until your year abroad to get in tune with daily life in your chosen country.The Language Institute receives satellite TV broadcasts and regularly buys films and records foreign-language documentaries to update its already large collection.These facilities, and more, are available in our Open Learning Centre.

You may be surprised at what you can learn from your daily dose of the French news or of the latest Italian soap opera! And you will get to meet exchange students from across Europe who have enrolled on one of our English Language courses. Computers are an integral part of the languagelearning environment, and the University provides advanced C&IT facilities for you.Your course is likely to involve computer-assisted language learning. The institute is open to all students, providing everyone with the chance to learn languages, including Arabic, Japanese and Chinese.The Open Learning Advisers can give advice to all learners on how to make the most of the language support services on offer.

The Brynmor Jones Library The Brynmor Jones is the University’s seven-storey library, which houses almost a million volumes.You should find there all the essential texts and reference works, and the books and articles that your lecturers recommend. There are expert library staff who can find information on almost any subject that might interest you.They can guide you to CD-ROMs or the internet, and run frequent courses for students. Ours is an open-access library.There are more than 1,600 seats so that you can study next to the books you need, plus computer terminals where you can write essays or surf the internet … and you’re never far from the comforts of the coffee shop!

Computing Services Based in the Computer Centre, Computing Services provides computing facilities of its own and services networked to the whole campus and halls of residence. In addition to the facilities in the Computer Centre, clusters of PCs distributed around the campus provide a range of software including word processing, email and internet access. Moreover, if you find computer technology daunting there are numerous workbooks available to help ease you into the essential skills. It is also possible to seek face-to-face assistance with tricky problems by visiting the Helpdesk in the Computer Centre.You will find that familiarity with information technology and keyboard skills will stand you in good stead for future employment.


The Year Abroad The Year Abroad will probably be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences you will ever have.You will notice a dramatic improvement in your spoken language, giving you greater confidence and more mature insights into the life of your chosen country. For the majority of our students the third year is spent abroad. Staff and final-year students can offer advice so that you choose the best option for your needs. We have a well-developed programme and there are three principal options. • Studying at a European university, either as part of the EU Socrates programme on one of the University’s exchange schemes, or arranged directly with the institution in question, with our help. • Working in a school as a language assistant.The language assistant scheme – organised through the British Council – has much to recommend it, even if you have no desire to take up teaching as a career, as you work in a local community and are paid a regular wage. • Working in industry or commerce.The department has a small number of such placements to offer, but you can also arrange your own, with our help.

Work during the year abroad During the year you will be required to do some work for your department in Hull.The marks received for this work will form about 10% of your overall degree mark. Staff will discuss this work with you before you go, and will offer advice and assistance during your time abroad.

Regulations for the year abroad • All students combining a language with a nonlanguage subject spend the Year Abroad in a country where the language they are studying is spoken. • Students taking two languages may spend the Year Abroad in one country of their choice and fulfil a one-month residence requirement in the other country in the vacation before they start their final year.They can, however, also split the year between two countries. • Combined Languages students may spend the Year Abroad in one country of their choice, and are required to spend one month in each of the other two countries whose language they are studying.They can, however, split the year between two countries, and spend one month in the third. Exceptionally, and if justified by personal circumstances, it is possible to be allowed exemption from the Year Abroad. Each request for exemption is considered as a special case, at the appropriate time. We also offer the three-year BA in Modern Languages, a two-language course without a Year Abroad.

Financial arrangements • If you study, you are entitled to the same support as when a student in this country. In addition, if you are on an exchange supported by the European Union, you will get an Erasmus/Socrates grant to help you and you will pay no fees for the year. • Those who work as language assistants are paid by their employers to cover their living expenses abroad. A fee waiver also applies to assistants working in Europe for the required period. • For those on placements, support depends on the agreement made with the employer.

Louise Hattersley

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Spending a year living and learning in Italy was an amazing experience that I would recommend to everybody. I felt a little apprehensive before I left, but settled in within a week in the Renaissance town of Urbino, close to Rimini and near the Italian east coast.Throughout the year I saw and did so much I will never forget – the friends I made were for life, the food and drink were mouthwatering, and the sights I saw, from Venice to Rome, simply took my breath away! The most rewarding aspect of it all, though, was the effortless improvement in my language skills. As well as learning in lectures, simple things like buying pizza and saying ‘buon giorno’ to people gave me the confidence I needed to turn the Italian I had learnt in Hull into fluent spoken Italian.The only downside to my year abroad was that it made Hull seem a little dull in comparison – but only a little!


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Year 3 is spent in a French-speaking country. Most students who spend their year in France (one or two head further away to places such as Quebec or Martinique!) go as assistants in secondary schools, taking practical language classes for between 9 and 12 hours a week. It is an opportunity to see the French education system from the inside and to acquire professional work experience, all very useful for the CV!

Most students spend the year at one of the Italian universities with which we have an EU-supported exchange agreement.These include the Universities of Bergamo, Bologna (Forlì), Genoa, Perugia, Rome (Tor Vergata), Siena,Trieste and Urbino.You can also apply to become a language assistant in a state school, paid by the Italian government. At an Italian university there are teaching staff you can consult, and members of our staff visit you.The purpose of the visit is to ensure that arrangements are working well (particularly your accommodation), to help you plan your work and to assist you with any practical problems. At a university you follow courses of your choice alongside Italian students, and take the related oral exams at the end of the year.

Alternatively, you may prefer to be one of the 25–30% who opt to spend the year pursuing their studies and following courses largely of their own choosing. Currently we have arrangements with institutions in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg. And if you want to live in Paris you can spend the year at the Institut Britannique. Another option for about 10% of students is a work placement, found via your contacts or ours.

German You can spend your year abroad in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. We use the British Council for those who want to go to schools as language assistants. Some, however, prefer to study at a university, and the University of Hull has exchange schemes with the Universities of Erlangen, Osnabrück, Potsdam and Jena. We also have informal arrangements with a number of other institutions. Other students secure suitable paid employment via our work placement links, and this provides valuable work experience.


Spanish The Year Abroad will result in a dramatic improvement in your spoken Spanish, and your familiarity with a new and different culture will also improve out of all recognition. When you reach your chosen country, you will spend your time either working or studying. If you want to study you will go to one of the universities with which we have an exchange agreement. Currently, these are Córdoba, Huelva, Granada, Murcia, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Valladolid and Iberoamericana (Mexico). Many of our students spend the year as assistants in schools or colleges. In this case, you are paid by the Spanish (or Spanish-American) government in return for up to 12 hours a week of English classes, usually conversational.You have the chance to integrate closely into the life of the school and its local community. Some students get work placements of other kinds.

Combined Languages Places available Current offer

25 260–280 points

The normal entry requirement is an A level or an equivalent qualification in a modern European language.

Combined Languages is a degree for language specialists.The course offers the opportunity to acquire and develop competence in three languages, with a year studying or working abroad. It offers you the chance of pursuing languages you know already, as well as starting new languages. Our graduates are highly employable and can be found worldwide in careers such as translation, interpreting, and business and commerce.

Language or ‘culture’?

Which languages?

There are classes with native speakers in each of the languages offered. Material is drawn from a range of sources, including television, current affairs, film and multimedia.The department benefits from the excellent open-learning and linguistic facilities, including an interpreting suite and subtitling equipment, in our Language Institute.

Students choose to specialise in three of French, German, Italian and Spanish. All Combined Languages students also have the opportunity to pick up additional credits in another language such as Chinese, Dutch, Japanese or Arabic (subject to approval and availability).The European languages that we teach can all be studied from scratch, but we do restrict your choice of languages so that you can take no more than two languages as a beginner (that is, without A level or equivalent prior knowledge).

What are we looking for? Applicants for Combined Languages should have A level or equivalent proficiency in at least one of the modern European languages on the course. We encourage students who are interested in acquiring new languages as well as developing their existing language competence and who seek a career in which language skills and fluency in a range of modern European languages are an essential or useful asset. We welcome applications from mature students.

Your course may include language modules on colloquial or commercial language, liaison and consecutive interpreting, public speaking, and computer-based translation. Many of our language modules offer the opportunity for vocational training.They provide, along with detailed knowledge and understanding of modern languages and cultures, critical and analytical skills, and transferable key C&IT skills.

Flexibility is built into the course: you can select your three languages and can also vary the amount of time you spend on each. Each year you take modules totalling 120 credits.Those wanting to concentrate on language only take 40 credits in each language. You may, however, want to opt for 30 credits in two of the languages, in which case you make up the 120 credits by adding a module giving knowledge of the cultures, communities and societies where the language is used. Alternatively you could choose from our range of interdisciplinary modules, including European Cinema, European Detective Fiction and Modern Women Writers, or take a free elective in a fourth language or from another department.

The year abroad See pages 7–8.


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Graduates in languages have the highest employability rates of all humanities graduates, and graduates of the University of Hull have a very good record of finding employment after graduation. With competence in three or more languages, you will be well equipped for a range of careers including translation and interpreting, journalism, teaching, the service industries and the commercial sector.


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French Places available


Current offer 260–280 points (but see inner front cover) For details of the various degrees within which French can be studied, see pages 4–5 and page 19.

If French is your main area of interest, then the French Studies course (R110) is the one for you. It offers the widest range of French modules, but it does not restrict you to one language. On the contrary, it ensures that you can study a subject or subjects outside French.You can choose a second language (from many on offer) or a free elective module from those offered by a number of non-language departments. If you read French in conjunction with a second language, you may follow each subject equally (and decide in which country you will spend your year abroad). If you take a Joint Honours degree in which your second subject is not a language (for example, film studies or philosophy), the two halves of your degree will usually be equally balanced throughout your course, except that you will spend your third year in a French-speaking country.

Seals of approval French gained an ‘excellent’ rating in the Teaching Quality Assessment by the QAA, with top marks for the design, content and organisation of the course, for the quality of the support and guidance given, and for the learning resources available to students. All our courses reflect the research interests of staff, who were ranked 4 (on the scale of 1 to 5) in HEFCE’s national Research Assessment Exercise – a recognition that the department has attained levels of national and international excellence in the study of French. In addition French at Hull won a European Award for Languages in 2004.

Admissions We encourage applicants with formal A level qualifications as well as those without a conventional A level background in French. If you have no advanced knowledge of French, you will follow our intensive language programme in Year 1. We invite applicants to open days.These are a way of enabling you to see the department and the campus, to talk to students and staff, and generally to confirm what you think will suit you best. If at any stage we can’t offer you a place on your chosen course, we try to find an alternative for you to consider. You are very welcome to visit us before you apply if you think we can help you sort things out.The department runs three open days for applicants each year, and you are very welcome to participate in one of these. If you apply to Hull through UCAS you will be sent information about open days.

French language The study of the language is naturally of vital importance, and our language modules are designed to help you develop your communication skills. We emphasise practical small-group language training.The language skills modules combine a variety of approaches and activities, ranging from exposé work and grammar to translation methodology and practice. Contact time includes work with native Frenchspeakers, who form an important part of the teaching team.You will be in regular contact with some of them to work on your oral skills.You will also have access to the excellent facilities of the Language Institute (see page 6). Making the most of the opportunities that come your way will help you achieve the confidence and fluency which most students are seeking.These opportunities include business French.There is the possibility of gaining an extra qualification, the Diplôme de Français des Affaires (1er degré) awarded by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris.


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The programme is continually under review to enable us to take advantage of available staff interests and expertise and maintain variety and flexibility in the range of cultural subjects. Our central aim is to develop awareness and understanding of aspects of French culture grouped around certain themes – such as national identity, representations of women, France at war or the Francophone world – and selected to stimulate interest and to offer intellectual enrichment.

Most practical language modules are subject to continuous assessment, with some formal examinations or tests ranging from summaries and brief essays to translation and transcription.

You will also be given the opportunity to develop more general abilities linked with future career needs: for example, how you manage your time, handle information, work with other people and tackle the tasks set.

Teaching and learning We use various approaches – lectures; seminars; projects and presentations; individual and group work – but all are directed to the same end: to help you become a competent linguist with a trained mind and a secure knowledge base. In a typical week you are likely to be in a lecture theatre, in a seminar group discussing a film or a novel or essay writing, in a group debating the next stage of a project, in an oral class giving a brief account in French of a topic that you have been investigating, and in a language class working on some aspect of grammar.

If you obtain a Distinction in Spoken French in your final-year examination it will appear on your degree certificate. The non-language modules are assessed in a variety of ways, which in some cases include group project work and presentations. While a few are assessed by examination at the end of the module (though not always an ‘unseen’ examination), most modules currently involve one or two essays or a combination of essay and examination.

The year abroad See pages 7–8.

Careers Hull graduates are rated highly by employers, who have consistently placed this university among their top 10 for graduate employability. Our graduates are to be found in both the public and the private sector: there are civil servants, diplomats, teachers, bankers, journalists, industrialists, and members of the police force and the armed services. A few examples of careers chosen by recent graduates show the range of opportunities: international customer liaison at Harrod’s; business analyst; United Biscuits; Customs and Excise executive officer; English teaching assistant in Japan; lectors teaching English at universities in Dijon and Reims, and at the Sorbonne in Paris; translator, Netherlands National Press Bureau; International Office at Lloyds Bank.

I chose Hull on the strength of its league table position, and because of the large and successful Business School. The Department of Modern Languages was a nice place to spend three years.The atmosphere is very friendly, and tutors and support staff are approachable and very helpful.The department’s relatively small size means that most people know each other and tutors are able to spend more time with individuals.The department also has excellent support from the Open Learning Advisers and other staff in the Language Institute, which has a wide range of resources [see page 6].These were particularly useful in the final year.

Will Morris BA Business and French

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The Year Abroad was undoubtedly the highlight of my time at Hull.This is not an opportunity to be missed, and I strongly recommend it. It is a great way to spend time in another country learning its language and culture as well as exporting your own.


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German Places available


Current offer 260–280 points (but see inner front cover) For details of the various degrees within which German can be studied, see pages 4–5 and page 19.

The BA in German Studies is the one to choose if German is your main area of interest.This degree offers the widest range of German modules.Taking this does not, however, mean that your choice is limited to one language.The University’s modular system enables you to choose modules from elsewhere.You can select a second language from the many on offer or choose modules ranging from English to politics, from business studies to sociology. The Joint Honours courses enable you to study German and another subject in equal proportions. So half your time will be spent studying German and half in your other department, with your third year spent in Germany.

Admissions We usually ask for B or C in German + CC, with occasional variations, but we also encourage applications from mature students and others without a conventional A level background. We invite you to one of the various open days held throughout the year, and welcome anyone who would like to visit before making a final decision. We will also accept applications from people with no previous knowledge of German but with proven linguistic ability, for whom we run separate ab initio language modules in the first year.


German language The key to an adequate understanding of German culture and society and Germany’s view of itself and its position in the world is a thorough knowledge of the German language. For this reason the study of language is of central importance to our degree courses. In all three years in Hull you will attend weekly practical classes focusing on the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and in particular on active and practical skills.The Language Institute runs a Tandem Learning scheme, which will put you in touch with native speakers of German with whom you can exchange English conversation for German. And you have the opportunity to improve your German by using satellite TV, the internet and computer language programs, all available through the institute, which also has staff to advise you on their use.

German culture We aim to produce graduates with a linguistic proficiency that comes as close as possible to that of a native speaker. However, communicating with foreigners also requires you to have some understanding of their cultural background, because without this you will not understand why they say what they say or what they mean by it. In extreme circumstances, not having this understanding could cause the greatest offence. It is for this reason that we offer our students a range of modules covering three aspects of life and culture in the German-speaking world: literature, history and contemporary society.

This course is continually under review to enable us to take advantage of available staff interests and expertise and to react flexibly to changing student interests. In the first year we are at present concentrating on the historical and political development of Germany from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day; in the second year you have the opportunity to study the development of the German language, its use in various forms in the German-speaking world and its international context; and in the third year there is a module on the response of writers and filmmakers to the reunification of Germany in 1990. You are also able to learn something about the place of German culture in the wider European context through the range of departmental interdisciplinary modules offered at all levels, to which staff in German make a full contribution.

Assessment Your progress in language modules is monitored in all four years by means of regular written work which is handed in, marked and then returned to you. Some of this work will be graded and count, together with either written or oral examinations, towards end-of-semester assessments. In other modules, assessments take the form of a combination of essay and examination.You need to pass a minimum number of modules in each year to pass on to the next, and the actual marks gained for second- and final-year modules (together with the work done during the Year Abroad) are used to calculate your class of degree. You can also earn a Distinction in Spoken German if you perform particularly well in oral exams.

The year abroad See pages 7–8.

Teaching and learning


Our aim is to enable you to become a competent linguist with a secure knowledge of the Germanspeaking world, but also with a trained mind and the transferable skills that will equip you for work after you leave university.

Demand for linguists is expected to grow with the widening of the EU internal market. Some students become teachers (including TEFL), but increasingly they enter business and commerce of some kind, with accounting, banking and jobs involving computers becoming increasingly popular. Marketing and exporting are also sought-after areas. Many of our students apply for management training of some kind, in either the private or the public sector. About half of our graduates enter jobs which have a European or international aspect.

To this end we use various approaches: lectures and seminars, projects and presentations, and individual and group work. In a typical week you might find yourself attending lectures, discussing a film or a piece of writing in a seminar, in a group with other students debating the next stage of a project, preparing an oral presentation on a particular topic, and in a language class working on some aspect of grammar. An advantage of our size – German is not a large unit at Hull – is that most classes are of fewer than 20 students and some are smaller, which means that most students get to know each other and the teaching staff very quickly.

I chose Hull because of the excellent reputation of its language department.The Single Honours German programme was the obvious choice for me because it offered flexibility, allowing me to study modules from other departments. In German, I wanted the mix of studying not only the language to an advanced level but also the culture and history of the German-speaking world.This course enabled me to do just that. I spent the Year Abroad working as a teaching assistant in two German schools in Hamburg – an amazing city and an amazing experience! I gained so much from this year, including valuable work and life experience.

James Wright

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I want a career that allows me to use my German skills to the full, so I am now studying for an MA in Translation Studies at the University. Staying in Hull was a natural choice since the department had already made such a great impression on me.


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Italian Places available


Current offer 260–280 points (but see inner front cover) For details of the various degrees within which Italian can be studied, see pages 4–5 and page 19.

The BA in Italian Studies is for those who want Italian to make up the major proportion of their studies, with the option of choosing modules from a vast range of subjects including other languages within the Department of Modern Languages. Joint Honours students take Italian and another language or a subject from another department in roughly equal proportions. Combined Languages students take three languages to degree level.

Admissions You can come to Hull with A level Italian or without any previous knowledge of the language. (By far the majority of our students have no knowledge of the language when they begin.) We normally ask for two or three good A level passes (or equivalent), including one in a modern language. For a Joint Honours degree with another foreign language, an A level in the other language is required if you are a beginner in Italian. In addition, we encourage applications from mature students and others without a conventional A level background. We hold open days throughout the year and welcome any candidate who would like to visit us before making a final decision. Once an offer has been made, you will be invited to an open day to meet staff and students doing Italian and to look around the campus.


Italian language Language is central to our courses.Throughout your degree, you will focus on the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and in particular on active and practical skills. Much of your time will be spent with native speakers of the language, and you will find Italian exchange students on campus each year to help you practise your Italian.The Language Institute also runs a Tandem Learning programme, whereby you can exchange practice in English conversation for Italian. Most students take a minimum of 40 credits of Italian language in each year of study. Separate modules are given in the first year for students with and students without A level Italian (or the equivalent).Thereafter all students follow the same core language modules. Our advanced language teaching after the Year Abroad includes computer-based literary and technical translation and liaison and consecutive interpreting. We also encourage you to improve your Italian using satellite TV, the internet and computer language programs in all years of study. Facilities in the Language Institute (see page 6) include an interpreting suite, a digital language lab and teaching rooms equipped with video, DVD, computer and audio. Its Open Learning Centre is one of the country’s largest and best-equipped, and Open Learning Advisers are on hand to help you work out what is the best way for you to learn and improve your Italian.

Italian culture

The year abroad

In the first year there are lectures and tutorials on post-war Italian history and film. In the second and fourth years we offer modules in which you can study aspects of Italian culture and history from 1300 to the present.There are survey modules which provide information on the political, social and cultural history, texts, and intellectual history of four major periods: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th century and the 20th century.

See pages 7–8.

These specifically Italian options enable you to combine a deeper understanding of Italy with a choice of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary modules which give you a broader knowledge of European culture. Optional modules available during your three levels of study include Italian Renaissance Art in Rome and Venice (travel grants are available to explore the art and character of Rome and Venice on short field trips), European Gothic, European Detective Fiction and Modern Women Writers.

Assessment There is a strong element of continuous assessment throughout the course. Assessed work and examinations in the first year do not count towards your final degree.Your degree classification is based on work done in Years 2, 3 and 4. A Distinction in Spoken Italian is awarded for excellence in the spoken language or in liaison and consecutive interpreting.

Careers Our objective is to make you fluent in written and spoken Italian and to give you a sound knowledge of Italian life and culture, while also fostering the critical and analytical skills and the confidence and maturity which will make you attractive to employers. Modern languages are vital in a world of international cooperation, interdependence and trade. Italian is one of Europe’s major languages and, since it is not taught in many UK schools, you will find yourself in demand when you graduate. Recent data reveals that language graduates are the third most employable group of graduates in the UK, and Hull graduates enjoy a position within the top 10 in graduate employment league tables. In recent years our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in, for example, business management, teaching (Italian in UK schools and universities or English in Italy), the Civil Service, journalism, computing, academic publishing, tourism, translation and interpreting work, and librarianship.

My residence abroad as a student at the University of Bergamo was the best year of my life. I made loads of new friends from Italy and all over the world. My free time was spent seeing gorgeous Italian cities and enjoying wonderful food. I fell in love with the laidback Mediterranean culture and lifestyle, so different from our own. It’s a pity it had to end, and I would jump at the chance to do it all again. Nichola Porritt

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Spanish Places available


Current offer 260–280 points (but see inner front cover) For details of the various degrees within which Spanish can be studied, see pages 4–5 and page 19.

The BA in Spanish Studies is for those who want Spanish to make up the major proportion of their studies. Joint Honours is for those who want to study Spanish and one other subject in roughly equal proportions, while Combined Languages is for those who want to take three languages to degree level.

Admissions You need an A or AS level in Spanish or another modern foreign language. If you have no advanced knowledge of Spanish, you are given intensive training in your first year. We are also very happy to consider applications from those who do not have traditional qualifications but can demonstrate the ability to learn a foreign language. We hold few interviews, preferring to invite you to an open day so that you can see us and the University without feeling under pressure.

Seals of approval Spanish scored the maximum in the national Teaching Quality Assessment. It was the only Spanish department to do so.This is evidence not only of the high quality of the teaching and learning here, but also of the happiness of our students with what they find.

Language and culture In each year you take modules in Spanish language and can also study Hispanic culture, while to complete your full programme you may choose another subject from a range of options. Our aims are • to make you fluent in using and understanding Spanish • to make you understand how the Spanish language works • to inform you about Spain, Spanish America and their cultures • to enable you to deal intelligently with wellinformed native speakers • to make you think constructively and critically • to let you develop particular areas of expertise For all courses, we accept students with or without previous study of Spanish.There are separate language modules initially for different levels of background knowledge, but groups combine in Year 2. Native speakers on the staff and among students from exchange universities mean plenty of opportunities to improve your oral skills, which are, in any case, reinforced in classes conducted in Spanish. And there is always the Year Abroad (see pages 7–8). In our language classes, we include task-based work such as letter and report writing. We also try to ensure that the material used is informative about current affairs and significant facets of the Hispanic world.There are, too, our culture


modules, designed both to inform you and to develop your awareness, understanding and analytical powers. By the time you graduate, you will have valuable practical skills, as well as the critical abilities and perceptions that make graduates in languages attractive to employers. Year 1 modules Language modules are available at different levels to allow for the background of our students.You can take Spanish from scratch with us, but we also have many students with A or AS level Spanish (or equivalent) each year. We encourage you to improve your Spanish in many ways, including use of IT skills and the internet. Culture studies offer an introduction to modern Spain right up to the present day and an introduction to Latin America. Year 2 modules Our language modules focus on developing your practical skills prior to the Year Abroad. Preparations begin as early as September of Year 2. The second year also offers you the chance to learn how Spanish is used in the world of work. This can lead to the Certificado de Español Comercial, awarded by the Madrid Chamber of Commerce but taken in this department by special agreement. Other modules let you expand the breadth and depth of your Hispanic studies.You may, for example, study history or consider concepts of identity among Latin Americans and Spaniards. Year 3 is spent abroad: see pages 7–8.

Year 4 modules You keep up your language skills in various ways. You also have the chance to explore more specialised areas in which our lecturers are acknowledged experts.These range over Spain and Spanish America, and from novels and film to education and development.There are also more student-led seminars and presentations than in previous years, as you take on more responsibility for your learning. Depending on your course, you may have the chance to undertake an extended project. By the end, you will have acquired many skills that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. Among other things, you will know how to learn.

Assessment Your progress is monitored by means of written work which you hand in and have marked at regular intervals. At the end of each semester there are examinations, although almost all modules are examined through a mix of exams and assignments. Modules taken in your second and final years, along with the grades gained in the other subjects that you have studied with Spanish, form the basis for awarding you your class of degree. As with other languages, you can earn a Distinction in Spoken Spanish if you perform particularly well in oral exams.

Life in the department … and after We are small – but friendly! There are four permanent members of staff and two lectors. Although we teach over 200 students of Spanish at various levels, most classes are of fewer than 20 and many are a lot smaller.The teaching of quite a few modules is carried out by more than one person in a form of rotation, which means that most students get to know most of the staff quite quickly.This is usually thought of as ‘a good thing’.

On the social front, there is a Spanish Society which is run by students from the department and everybody is welcome to join.The union bars are excellent and there is always lots going on. For the year abroad I chose to go to Latin America. I was lucky to be offered a position as an English assistant in a university in Santiago, Chile. I look back on my year abroad as the best experience I have ever had – I made lots of Latin American friends, travelled around several South American countries, and put all the Spanish that I had learnt into practice. Colin Murphy

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Our graduates go on to an extraordinary range of jobs, from financial services to the caring professions, from commercial management to teaching. Recent Spanish graduates have been employed by Aetna International, British Steel, Diskxpress, Heffers, Lloyds Bank, the Metropolitan Police, Reuters, Royal Life Holdings, United Biscuits and Weetabix; others have entered teacher training, management courses and local radio; and some have gone on to teach English in Spain and elsewhere.

I am majoring in Spanish, and deciding to study here was definitely the best decision I have ever made.The staff are extremely helpful and supportive.There is a great variety of language and culture modules to choose from, and in Year 2 you have the option of taking Business Spanish and Portuguese modules, which I found really interesting.You can also improve your Spanish by using the excellent facilities in the Language Institute.


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Languages with Business, Management or Marketing French, German, Italian or Spanish • with Business • with Management • with Marketing In these degrees you take 60 credits of language in Years 1 and 2 and at least 80 in Year 4.You spend Year 3 in a country in which the language is spoken, either as a student or in a job placement. On the business, management or marketing side of your course, you take 40 credits in Years 1 and 2 and 20 credits in Year 4. In addition, you take a free elective in each year.These free electives may be from the Business School, from the Department of Modern Languages or from almost anywhere else in the University. See the inner back cover for more details of the Free Elective Scheme. Alternatively, we also offer a programme in Two Modern Languages • with Business • with Management • with Marketing On these courses you study 40 credits of each language in Years 1, 2 and 4; 40 credits of your business discipline in Years 1 and 2, and 20 credits of it in Year 4; and a modern languages dissertation module in your final year.You spend the third year abroad. In this course it is possible to take a free elective, but it is less usual as you are already taking three subjects.

Business, management and marketing The modules currently offered by the Business School for these courses are as follows. Business track • Business Environments • Marketing • Business Functions • Business Law and Ethics • International Business Management track • Management and Organisational Behaviour • Marketing • Management Process • Understanding Organisation • Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management Marketing track • Business Environments • Marketing • Buyer Behaviour • Marketing Planning • International Marketing


The languages French The French part of the course aims to help you acquire not only the general intellectual and linguistic skills looked for in a graduate but also the specific linguistic experience which will enable you to understand French business practice. So the practical language modules include business French modules designed around the requirements of the internationally recognised Diplôme de Français des Affaires (1er degré), awarded by the prestigious CCIP (Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris).You will have the chance to take the relevant exams and acquire this extra qualification.This could come at the end of your second year and would form an excellent preparation for those spending the Year Abroad at university or who earn the privilege of attending one of the highly regarded Écoles Supérieures de Commerce. German In German you follow the same course as other students and, like them, are able to make a number of choices regarding the content and direction of the course beyond the compulsory core language modules. During your third year you have the opportunity of gaining practical work experience in the German business environment through one of a number of work placements with leading German and international companies. Italian You follow the same language programme as other students and, like them, are able to make a number of choices in the second and final years regarding the content and direction of your degree course. The Guardian placed Hull’s Department of Modern Languages top of its league table in 2001, and Italian at Hull achieved the highest national score in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment by the Higher Education Funding Council. In 2003 we won a European Award for Languages. We have been at the forefront in the use of computers in language learning and more recently in the teaching of culture. Spanish The Spanish part of the degree is designed to give you linguistic skills and cultural perceptiveness.The study of Spanish specifically for commercial purposes is concentrated in the second year, when there is an introduction to commercial Spanish with a follow-up on Spanish in Business.These materials have been designed to prepare students to sit, in Hull, the examination for the Certificado de Español Comercial of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is additional to our own assessment.The department values this link with Madrid, which ensures that its teaching in the area of business Spanish keeps abreast of the most recent developments in Spain.

Languages with Other study Translation opportunities Studies We are one of the few universities offering translation studies within an undergraduate programme. Our degrees in translation studies, new from 2008, combine the study of one or two modern languages with the theory and practices of translation. These courses will suit anyone interested in languages, but particularly those interested in a career in translation, keen to develop their language skills alongside a professional application. You choose one or two languages from French, German, Italian and Spanish. Beginners’ and post-Alevel entry is available in all four languages. We would normally expect those who opt for two languages with translation studies to come with an A level (or equivalent) in one of their two chosen languages. All degrees with translation studies include a year abroad, spent either on work placement, ideally in a translation firm, or studying at one of our European partner universities. In each year of study core modules in translation and linguistics form one-third of the programme, with the remaining two-thirds devoted to core language modules and optional cultural modules in your chosen language(s).

In addition to the joint two-language degrees available within the Department of Modern Languages, and the numerous degrees combining a language and another joint or ‘minor’ subject (see page 4), there are various opportunities for you to study languages even while specialising in other areas.

Languages in other degree courses Languages can be studied as optional modules by anyone who has credits available within the free elective structure used in the University (see inner back cover). Languages are available at various levels in what we call our Passport programme. We offer a range from Arabic to Spanish, via Chinese, Japanese and others, subject to demand and availability. The study of a language is also an integral part of other degree courses.These degrees provide the chance for students who are specialists in the other discipline but with some background in languages to study to degree level in the languages on offer. In spending a year in a placement or studying in an appropriate country, students improve their technical command of the special subject area, as well as their capacity to interact with specialists from another cultural background. For further information and pamphlets about the degree courses and subjects mentioned but not described in detail here, write to the Admissions Office,The University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, call 0870 126 2000, or email can also consult the University’s website: Other degree programmes involving some modern language study are UCAS code M1R1 M1R2 M1R4 L3R1 L3R2 L3R3 L3R4

For details of degree content and entry requirements see the separate pamphlets for Law and Sociology.

Nick Chuter BA French and Philosophy, now with Barclays Bank

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Honours Law with French Law and Language Law with German Law and Language Law with Spanish Law and Language Sociology and Anthropology with French Sociology and Anthropology with German Sociology and Anthropology with Italian Sociology and Anthropology with Spanish

I chose Hull because it gave me the opportunity to study a range of cultural and literary subjects and combine these with philosophy. It turned out to be a good choice. From the moment I arrived I was really impressed by the close integration of staff and students, and I was glad that from day one we were encouraged to speak French both inside and outside the classroom. I think studying French with philosophy was a really good idea – the subjects often fed into each other. I spent my year abroad working in an international recruitment company in Paris, which was a fantastic experience, and I came back speaking fluent French.


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Courses for non-native speakers of English If English is not your first language, you may be interested in one of the following Honours degree courses.The four-year courses including Foundation English, in which the first year is mostly devoted to language improvement, will suit you if your English is not yet at the required standard for direct entry to a three-year course. The Department of Modern Languages at Hull has an excellent reputation, and our academic staff have experience of teaching in many different countries and dealing with students from all over the world.

BA in English as a Foreign Language, Literature and Culture This interdisciplinary course presents an exciting opportunity for non-native speakers of English to explore English language and literature and British culture through a wide range of modules and from a variety of angles. Offering what amounts to a complete package of English studies, the three-year course would be an ideal choice for anyone aiming at a career in English teaching or in a field requiring a thorough understanding of English language and literature and British culture. The course will allow you to develop your English language skills to a high level of proficiency and to select from a wide range of interesting options in English literature and British culture (including media); and in your final year it will introduce you to the practice of English language teaching. Entry requirements IELTS 6 or equivalent Typical offers 240 points

The areas that you will study include • Foundation in English for Academic Purposes (study skills to help you with listening to lectures, reading academic texts, participating in seminars, giving presentations, and writing essays and reports) • General Language Skills Development (everyday English in context, with work on understanding grammar and building vocabulary) • British Studies (an introduction to British culture) • an online English language course If you pass all the examinations in the foundation year, you will automatically progress to Year 1 of the three-year English as a Foreign Language, Literature and Culture degree course without having to take the IELTS examination. When you start the first year of the degree, you will take one English language module: this may be English Language Improvement; English for Academic Purposes; English for Business; or English for Maths, Science and Technology.The rest of your course will be devoted more broadly to English language (EFL), English literature and British culture.

BA in Modern Language Studies (including Foundation English) The first year – the foundation year – is the same as for English as a Foreign Language, Literature and Culture (including Foundation English) (see above).

In the first year – the foundation year – you will receive

If you pass all the examinations in the foundation year, you will automatically progress to Year 1 of the three-year Modern Language Studies degree course without having to take the IELTS examination. When you start the first year of the degree, you will take one English language module: this may be English Language Improvement; English for Academic Purposes; English for Business; or English for Maths, Science and Technology.The rest of your course will be devoted more broadly to modern language studies.

• 16 hours’ tuition per week with highly qualified and experienced tutors • small language classes in purpose-built laboratories with up-to-date equipment • access to an Open Learning Centre with trained language advisers

The Modern Language Studies course involves the study of two European languages at degree level. There is no formal Residence Abroad requirement. For further details of the specific course in each language, please consult the individual language entries in this pamphlet.

For full course details, please contact Aline Michie-Kay (

BA in English as a Foreign Language, Literature and Culture (including Foundation English)

If you would like further information about the fouryear courses with Foundation English, please contact Rebecca Muroni (


Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at Hull is a unique experience.We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge.To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme.This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study. So, how does it work? Each year you take 120 credits’ worth of modules.


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What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus.You can even take a module from another faculty. You should discuss your choice of free electives with your supervisor. • a new language such as Japanese, Chinese or Arabic • Critical Approaches or Anthropological Perspectives • Managing Your Learning or Basic Computer Skills

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

What are the main reasons for participating? • The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A level grades and/or UCAS points, but we encourage applications from people with a wide range of other qualifications and/or experience. Some further details of the various entry routes are included in our general prospectus. Please contact the Admissions Office (see below) with any specific queries about admissions.

Address For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Office The University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX, UK T F E

+44 (0)1482 466100 +44 (0)1482 442290

Disclaimer This pamphlet is intended principally as a guide for applicants.The matters covered by it – academic and otherwise – are subject to change from time to time both before and after students are admitted. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this pamphlet, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies or changes. Information relating to study programmes is issued for the general guidance of students entering the University and does not form part of any contract.The University hopes to provide the courses and facilities described, but reserves the right to withdraw or to make alterations to courses and facilities if necessary.

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