School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Careers prospects

Modern Languages students have some of the best job prospects around, and employers are increasingly keen to take on people who have a global perspective and an ability to communicate in languages beyond English.

High-level knowledge of Modern Foreign language will give you a distinct advantage on the job market, whether in the UK, in Europe or elsewhere in the world. As Britain negotiates its position in a fast-changing world, the future will increasingly belong to those who stand out because they master other languages.

Where language subjects can take you: 

Careers in languages


  • Language teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Cultural briefing consultant
  • Website constructor
  • Digital subtitler/dubber
  • Tour guide

Careers with languages


  • Banking
  • Multinational corporations
  • Law (postgraduate conversion course)
  • Diplomatic Service (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • Marketing
  • Journalism / Media / Publishing



UK Language Vacancies, autumn 2016


  • German 6,800
  • French 6,149
  • Spanish 3,106
  • Italian 2,460
  • Dutch 1,865
  • Polish 1,575
  • Mandarin 1,246
  • Russian 1,237
  • Swedish 1,118
  • Arabic 1,113

(source: relocate magazine, Sept. 2016)

Highest paid languages for advertised jobs across the UK, autumn 2016

  • German £34,534
  • Arabic £34,122
  • French £32,646
  • Dutch £29,423
  • Spanish £29,262
  • Japanese £28,954
  • Russian £28,858
  • Italian £28,723
  • Mandarin £28,268
  • Welsh £27,857

(source: relocate magazine, Sept. 2016)

What a difference the year Abroad makes:

Research shows that the Year Abroad is highly valued by employers. In September 2014, The Erasmus Impact Study: Effects of mobility on the skills and employability of students and the internationalisation of higher education institutions, found that internationally mobile students are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and that, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is still 23% lower.