BA Modern Language and Business & Management (Italian) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our BA Modern Language and Business and Management (Italian) course will give you a thorough grounding in the language and culture of Italy, from the medieval period to the present day, as well as in the principles of business and management and their application in global workplaces.

Language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which Italian is spoken, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers. We also offer a linguistics pathway for those interested in the history of the Italian language and its dialects.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

With placement options available at partner universities and in professional environments in several Italian-speaking countries, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience.

Special features

University Language Centre
Take advantage of the library, language labs and multimedia facilities at the University Language Centre.

Develop your leadership skills

Get the edge in today's increasingly globalised business environment via the  Manchester Leadership Programme , which includes local volunteering, as well as guest visits from international business managers.

Residence abroad

You can  study and/or work for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your language skills in a native-speaker environment.

Palaver Festival

Palaver Festival , a collaboration with the neighbouring Contact Theatre, offers the opportunity to explore links between language and performance across a range of genres including literature, theatre, dance and more.

Collaborations and partnerships

The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:

  • Confucius Institute - a hub for Chinese culture
  • Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
  • HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
  • Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.


The University is home to over 30 international and language-related student societies offering cultural activities and experiences.

Access outstanding resources

Explore the world-class Italian holdings of the John Rylands Library, including one of the UK's largest collections of early Italian printed books.

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.

For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.

The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.

Language learning

In Year 1, Italian language instruction is divided between 'ab initio' and post-A-level groups (with the majority of students being beginners).

'Ab initio' students have five contact hours per week with their nominated mother-tongue teacher as part of a course specifically designed to build confidence in comprehension, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Post-A-level students have three hours consolidating and building competency on specific language points.

In Years 2 and 4, the language component of the course includes three contact hours per week in addition to working on set assignments and undertaking private study.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • written and oral examinations;
  • presentations;
  • coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
  • in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.

Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.

Course content for year 1

Your time will be divided equally between your language and culture studies and your studies in business and management.

Compulsory units introduce finance, management, microeconomics and macroeconomics, and develop transferable skills.

You will choose two further units from a range of options across management, finance and economics.

The Italian culture units offer a range of courses from the filmic and literary to the historic and linguistic, all of which reflect academic staff research interests.

Year 1 is specifically designed to begin furnishing you with the tools to enable you to read cultural products with confidence, including texts, pictures, buildings and linguistic constructions.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Mandatory
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Mandatory
Italian Cultural Studies ITAL10300 20 Mandatory
Reading Italy: Medieval to Modern ITAL10500 20 Mandatory
Italian Language 1 ITAL51011 20 Mandatory
Italian Language 2 ITAL51022 20 Mandatory
Italian Language 3 ITAL51030 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Business Economics BMAN10612 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Exploring Enterprise MCEL10001 10 Optional
Entrepreneurial Skills MCEL10002 10 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 22 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Students can study up to two-thirds of their credits in either business and management or Italian studies.

Alongside one compulsory unit specially designed for this course, you tailor your business studies to your interests by choosing from a wide range of options.

You have the chance to study Leadership in Action with national leaders as part of the Manchester Leadership Programme. You can also put what you are learning in your business studies into practice with local charities and social enterprises by participating in the Manchester Enterprise Challenge.

In Years 2 and 4, options are available that range from medieval and Renaissance culture and literature, including Dante and Machiavelli, to Italian Fascism and Modernism and units on sociolinguistics and Italian dialects.

Most culture units involve three contact hours per week and are augmented by materials and content placed in the unit's Blackboard virtual learning environment.

The units are mostly assessed using a variety of forms from coursework to essays, commentaries and book reviews to class presentations.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Firms and Management in Comparative Perspective BMAN22000 20 Mandatory
Italian Language 4 ITAL51040 20 Mandatory
Italian Language 5 ITAL51050 20 Mandatory
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation BMAN20792 10 Optional
Managing Business Operations BMAN20811 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Creativity, Design & Entrepreneurship BMAN24241 20 Optional
Chinese Business - SALC students only BMAN24511 20 Optional
Organisations and Employment BMAN24521 10 Optional
Work Psychology For Career Success BMAN24571 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON20192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON20212 10 Optional
Quantitative Methods ECON20222 20 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON20232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON20262 10 Optional
Business Economics I ECON20312 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
The Italian Economic Boom: Places and Spaces ITAL20452 20 Optional
Aesthetics and Politics of Italian Fascism ITAL20501 20 Optional
Gendering the Canon: Women, Authorship and Voice in the Italian Trecento ITAL20611 20 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Beginner's Statistics and Computing in Humanities SALC21002 20 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20022 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20032 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22001 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22002 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 48 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

You will spend the third year abroad in approved study or work in a country where the target language is spoken.

Students taking a European language have the option of study and/or a work placement, while students taking Arabic, Chinese or Japanese usually study at a partner university abroad. 

Course content for year 4

All students can take up to two-thirds of their units in either business and management or language and cultural studies.

There is a broad range of specialised units available in business, management, accounting and finance, economics and entrepreneurship. Students can also choose to do a dissertation on the language side of their degree.

There is the opportunity to study Business Italian, undertake a research-orientated dissertation in Italian (often using the primary sources held in the Rylands Library, which has outstanding Italian holdings) and participate in the Italian department's mentoring and outreach work.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Italian Language 6 ITAL51060 20 Mandatory
Consumer Behaviour BMAN20271 10 Optional
Management of Knowledge and Innovation BMAN30010 20 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Strategy BMAN30022 10 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Investment Economics and Innovation BMAN31212 10 Optional
Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing BMAN31972 20 Optional
Case Studies In Digital Transformation BMAN32051 10 Optional
People Management and Change BMAN32091 10 Optional
The Chinese Economy ECON30101 10 Optional
Mathematical Economics II ECON30290 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON30320 20 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Financial Economics ECON30432 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIA ECON30451 10 Optional
Topics in Economic History ECON30511 20 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
Climate Change Economics and Policy ECON32111 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIB ECON32142 10 Optional
Behavioural Economics ECON32152 20 Optional
Communicating Economics ECON32162 10 Optional
Dissertation in Italian Studies ITAL30000 40 Optional
Italian Visual and Literary Cultures from Surrealism to Neo-Realism ITAL30341 20 Optional
Beyond the Text: The Book and its Body ITAL30432 20 Optional
Topics in Romance Linguistics ITAL32001 20 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30011 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30012 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Enterprise Strategy and Marketing MCEL30051 10 Optional
Enterprise Feasibility MCEL30052 10 Optional
Climate Change and Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 41 course units for year 4


The University Language Centre is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.

The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.

Learn more on the Facilities page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: