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Joint courses – University of Reading

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    Benefit from a broader range of skills and interdisciplinary knowledge

  • Combine a language with another subject or another language

Joint courses

We offer an exceptional selection of joint courses. Maximise your time at university and boost your career prospects by combining your modern language studies with another subject.

Our joint courses allow you to study two separate subjects in detail and gain a full qualification in each.  Studying two subjects adds breadth to your knowledge base and equips you with skills from two different disciplines. You will also gain valuable time management skills in balancing your studies.

Complement your language studies with a subject chosen from our from a wide and diverse range of subjects , including  Business Administration, Classical studies, Comparative Literature, Economics, English Literature or Language,  History, International Relations, International Development, Management Studies or another language.

Our courses

Explore our full range of joint undergraduate Modern Languages courses:

 A group of Modern Language students on their Year Abroad

Course structure

Joint courses are carefully designed so that you  spend around 50% of your time on each subject. You will study the core modules from both degree programmes allowing you to examine the two subjects in depth. On a single degree programmes students select a range of optional modules to study in addition their core modules.

We regularly review our range of modules to ensure what you are learning is applicable, relevant and up to date with latest developments in both disciplines. 

You will be equally at home in both departments, but your academic tutor will sit within the Department of Languages and Cultures.


Joint courses enable you to develop a broader range of transferable skills. Students who take joint courses degrees can demonstrate a range of competencies and abilities in a number of areas.

Henley Business School

All our business and management joint degree courses are delivered in collaboration with the Henley Business School, ranked in the top 10 UK Business Schools by the Financial Times.

Modern Languages with Qualified Teacher Status

Turn your passion for languages into a profession and gain a degree as well as a teaching qualification (QTS).  At the University of Reading,  you can study for a four-year degree in Modern Languages, inclusive of a Year Abroad, while at the same time training to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a qualification that will enable you to teach in secondary schools in England and Wales at the end of your degree.

Comparative Literature

Our joint degrees with Comparative Literature have been designed by experts with the aim of crossing and dismantling borders. These courses look at literatures from different communities, national traditions and time-periods.

Read our Comparative Literature Leaflet

 Comparative Literature cover



Joint courses

Explore our full range of undergraduate joint degree courses,  enabling you to combine a language with another subject.


German Studies

Italian STudies

Spanish Studies

Modern Languages

This is not a direct entry degree course. All students have the opportunity to transfer to the BA Modern Languages with QTS at the beginning of their second year after demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching during their first year of study.

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