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Career Paths


Graduates from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures are highly sought after by employers. Studying Modern Languages or Comparative Literature provides you with the knowledge, attributes, skills and experience needed to thrive in a wide range of careers, including law, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance, teaching, government and civil service, international development, heritage, arts management, and many more.

Our degree programmes train you in advanced communication, analytical and critical thinking skills, while also developing your intercultural agility, enabling you to work effectively across different cultures and countries. These skills are particularly valued by employers and are central to many professions. The opportunity to spend a year or a semester abroad as part of your degree significantly enhances your employability: according to the Universities UK ‘Gone Global’ report (2018), graduates who have undertaken a placement abroad during their studies are 10% more likely to be in graduate jobs* and 7% higher wage earners* than their non-mobile peers (*six months after graduation).

As a student in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, you take part in an integrated programme of careers workshops and one-to-one support through the course of your degree, equipping you with the tools needed to achieve your career goals.

Find out more about our graduates and discover their career journeys below.


Graduate stories: German language