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BScManagement Sciences and Spanish

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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In this combined degree your study of management is combined with learning the world’s second most spoken language. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and official language used in the European Union and Mercosur. Latin American emerging economies have strong trade links with the UK, Europe, China and the US. Brazil is the second-largest economy among these emerging economies today and Mexico also part of the North America Free Trade Agreement is currently considered a strong competitor in terms of prospects followed by Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela. The UK prioritises expansion of trade with Latin America as part of an approach that puts commercial interests at the heart of the UK foreign policy (Foreign Office 2012). International corporations are aware of the advantage of employing people who have both a cultural and linguistic understanding of Spanish.

In Management Sciences you will study managerial decision-making processes, investigate commonly used management science techniques and assess the means by which people and systems can be managed to improve organisational performance.
On the Spanish side of your degree you will study the language and be able to select from a range of modules on the culture, literature and history of the Hispanic-speaking world. Language learning will be a core component throughout your course.
In addition to enhancing your employment opportunities by studying Spanish as part of your degree our programme builds broader skills which are vital for post-university life and valued by employers, in particular your experience during your year abroad in a Spanish speaking country. We help you to strengthen your ability to think critically and consistently and to communicate clearly, to analyse and understand varying points of view, to organise ideas and to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team.

Studying a language is also an opportunity to open your mind to different peoples and cultures. The year abroad represents a key opportunity in this respect. As a student of management sciences you may even wish to make the most or your third year by getting valuable work experience in a Spanish or Latin American company.

Programme structure

As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress in Spanish. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our Spanish Resources Room, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

In year 1, students normally take a 50/50 balance of core modules in both subjects. However, you may take up to 15 credits per semester in the form of an alternative subject from elsewhere.
In your second and final year, you will have a choice of modules from both subjects, with the option of taking up to 25% of your programme in an alternative subject. A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
The third year is spent in a Spanish-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement.
Many students go to Spain, where you can study in cities such as Barcelona, Granada, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Malaga, Castellón and Salamanca. An increasing number now choose to spend their year in Latin America where we have links in Chile, Colombia and Mexico (and also Brazil, for students of Portuguese). We also have an innovative scheme in Mexico – developed by the University and the Mexican Education Ministry – for students to work as a Language Resources Assistant in a University. In addition, we also have strong links with the Anglo Mexican Foundation which offers teaching assistant opportunities.
Wherever you go for your year abroad, you will carry out an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
The final year provides you with a range of module options, taking into account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests, combines with what you have studied so far, and relates well to the first-class research of our staff. You will also have the opportunity to prepare an extended research dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment through the integration of transferable skills into learning and teaching, in particular language skills and strategy training through all your years of study at Southampton.

Career opportunities

Employability is embedded into the course modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We offer a number of optional employability modules.

A year abroad can also give you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Your specialist skills in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers. Studying management sciences and Spanish will help you to gain the abilities needed to navigate the early years of your career.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States