School of Languages, Linguistics and Film


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Catalan is a Romance language spoken in the regions of Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera), in a part of Aragon, Roussillon and Alghero, by over 10 million people. It's the language spoken in Barcelona, and also one of the four official languages spoken in Spain.

Even though you may be starting out as a beginner, you will be taught to the same level in Catalan as the other main language of your degree. High-level knowledge of Catalan will give you a distinct advantage on the job market in Spain. At the same time, there is a close consideration at QMUL of the rich culture produced in both Catalonia and beyond. Theatre, cinema, football, painting and novels are all part of this Catalan civilization. You will enjoy the benefits of the Centre for Catalan Studies at Queen Mary, the only university centre of its kind in the UK.

You’ll spend part of your third year studying in a Catalan-speaking region of Spain. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills through immersion and boost your intercultural competence.

The 2017 National Student Survey gave 100% overall student satisfaction for Iberian Studies at Queen Mary (which includes Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish). This made it joint top in the UK. 

In the 2018 National Student Survey, students gave us  97.1% which put Queen Mary first in the Russell Group for this subject.

Catalan is part of our new BA in Modern Languages programme

This will now allow you to choose to study Catalan, as a beginner, with one of the following; French, German, Russian or  Spanish as part of a joint degree.

Or you could choose to study Catalan, as a minor subject in a three language degree.

If you wish to know a bit more about Catalan, visit the Centre for Catalan Studies at QMUL

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