BA French and Russian / Careers

Year of entry: 2024

Career opportunities

"Studying Russian at university has made me stand out from the crowd. My motivation for studying the language is usually one of the first questions I am asked by interviewers!

"My clients are Russian, so the fact that I have lived in Russia as part of my year abroad and am able to speak the language breaks down any cultural and linguistic barriers between us."

Frances Jenkins / International Dispute Resolution Lawyer & Graduate

A degree in Modern Languages and Cultures paves the way for a broad range of careers. You'll develop intercultural awareness and enhanced communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll also acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills.

You'll develop independence and self-confidence during your residence abroad, and your intercultural communication skills will make you a strong contender for media, journalism and PR roles.

Many of our graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications.

Others pursue postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (both in the UK and overseas) or to enter the Civil Service.

The University of Manchester has an excellent reputation for employability, and we are one of the most targeted universities by the nation's top employers (The Graduate Market in 2021, High Fliers Research).

Employers who have taken on graduates of our French courses in the past include KPMG, Deloitte, L'Oréal, BT, Louis Vuitton, Rothschild, Hilton Hotels, British Council, Teach First, Barclays, and the BBC.

Employers who have taken on graduates of our Russian courses in the past include Spencer Ogden, Reach International, Macmillan Education, RWS Group, Channel Island Securities Exchange, International School of Moscow, The British School of Tashkent, JET Programme, NHS, Language Empire, openDemocracy, Russia House, Westminster Russia Forum, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Pearson VUE, Cambridge Education & Training, Royal Mail, and Harrington Starr.

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability.