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Italian Studies and Economics

Why study Italian Studies and Economics at Warwick?

  • This course is jointly delivered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Department of Economics.
  • Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:

- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)

- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

  • Our Department of Economics is ranked second in The Complete University Guide 2016 league table and we are one of the top Economics departments in the world. We are currently ranked in the top 30 in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 and in the UK top three by all major national league tables.
  • Our research rankings underscore our rapid ascent into the top tier of the discipline’s research engines in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked joint second nationally for the percentage of research classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Professor Robin Naylor

Department of Economics

Dr David Lines

Italian Studies

Sophie Potter

Italian Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This new joint degree enables you to acquire in-depth relevant linguistic and cultural studies, including a year abroad, while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena. 50% of your degree will be in Economics and 50% in the School of Modern Languages.

How will I learn?

You will have around 13 hours of contact time per week; 6 hours with the School of Modern Languages and 7 hours with Economics. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will normally spend either the second or third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.

Entry requirements

A level AAB, to include a modern or classical language and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Essential subjects

A level in a modern or classical language at minimum grade B and GCSE Mathematics Grade A or equivalent.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with ‘non-standard’ qualifications.

Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history as well as economics.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Italian and Economics lead to?

Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.

Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Examples of some of our recent Economics graduates' careers include Management Consultant, Ernst and Young; Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Associate Economics Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers; House of Commons, Parliamentary Assistant; British Red Cross, Fundraising Strategy Research Intern.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB to include a modern or classical language and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent

IB: 36 points including 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent

UCAS Code
R3L2

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of Economics

Student blogs

Lottie Titcombe - Italian Studies

Amanda Dedmon - Economics

Will Hamilton - Economics 

Bhargav Bharadwaj - Economics

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.