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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2017 entry will be published when they are available.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Modern Language Plus BA: Italian and Philosophy

UCAS Code: RY00

The Modern Language Plus BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, combining a modern language (either one you have prior knowledge of, or one new to you), together with another discipline, such as Film Studies, History of Art, Jewish Studies or Management Studies. You will also spend a year abroad.

Degree benefits

  • UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.
  • The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.
  • UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.
  • Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.


Students take 4.0 cu each year. Below are the requirements for the Italian side of your degree. Please consult the Philosophy Department for the Philosophy side of your degree.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • ITAL1010 - First Year Italian Language (1.0cu).

Optional Modules (0.5 course unit)

  • One ELCS6*** intermediate-level module (0.5cu)

Optional Module (0.5 course units)

  • ITAL1*** module (0.5cu)

Exceptionally, students may replace the ELCS6*** module or a 0.5cu ITAL1*** with a 0.5cu year 1 module in another department provided they obtain written permission to do so from the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor during pre-registration.

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • ITAL2020 - Second Year Italian Language (1.0cu).

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

Two modules from ITAL2*** modules (0.5cu each) or ITAL1105 (0.5cu)

On the Philosophy side of their degree students may take:

  • (Option 1) 2.0cu Philosophy modules; or
  • (Option 2) 1.5cu Philosophy modules and 0.5 ELCS6*** modules; or
  • (Option 3) 1.0cu Philosophy modules, 0.5 ELCS6*** module and 0.5cu module from another department approved by the Philosophy department.

Exceptionally, students may replace the ELCS6*** module in the Options 2 and 3 with a 0.5cu ITAL2*** content module or a 0.5cu Year 2 module in another department provided that they obtain written permission to do so from the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor during pre-registration.

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5 course units)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5 course units)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • ITAL4040 Final Year Italian Language (1.0cu).

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

Two ITAL4*** modules (0.5cu each)
One ITAL4*** module (0.5cu) plus one ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5cu)

Students take, on the Philosophy side of their degree, EITHER 2.0cu of Philosophy modules OR 1.0cu or 1.5cu of Philosophy modules plus 1.0cu or 0.5cu of modules outside of Philosophy with the restriction that, in their first and final years, they do not take more than a total of 1.0cu of modules outside the Philosophy side of their degree.


There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching; others continue with training and research.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Recruitment Consultant, Independent Clinical Services
  • Graduate Trainee, Phaidon
  • Analyst, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory
  • Trade Analyst, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK
  • Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Application and next steps

Your application

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level so an A level or equivalent is essential.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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