Develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live through the study of international relations and French. You will study one of the most important languages within international politics and diplomacy as well as aspects of contemporary French culture, history and society. **Why study this course?** This combination will allow you to explore ideas on government, policy and political behaviour from an international perspective, as well as studying in depth the political and social culture of France and the French speaking world. In addition, you will gain a high level of proficiency in the French language and experience the culture of a French speaking country first-hand through working or studying abroad for a year. There are close links between the subjects in this degree. Within French Studies you will study French history, culture and politics from various perspectives, such as through its language, film and literature. This will be well complemented by International Relations modules such as ‘European Political Integration’, which will allow you to place what you have learned in a regional and global context. **After the course** A global market demands language skills: three-quarters of UK businesses say they are looking for modern language skills (CBI Education and Skills Survey, 2012). In 2012, 90–95% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies were in work or higher-level study within six months of graduating, and of this number, 84% were in graduate-level jobs. Our graduates in French Studies have gone on to work in a wide variety of careers, many of which put their linguistic skills to practical use in the UK or overseas. Recently these have ranged from translating, teaching and research (doctorates at Oxford and Queen Mary, University of London) to financial services (HSBC, Zurich Insurance), telecommunications (Vodafone), marketing, the fashion industry (Chanel), the international art business (Christie’s) and regional development (the Design Wales Project). Recent studies have shown that social science graduates have excellent career prospects. Our graduates are also in high demand for their analytical skills and are recognised for the specialist knowledge and expertise they can offer to the public and private sector alike. Typical roles of recent Reading Politics graduates include positions in public services (civil service, local government, public corporations, hospital management, etc), the social services (child care, youth employment, probation, etc), advertising, journalism, radio and television, management traineeships in industry, professions such as accountancy and law, banking and insurance, and various research agencies.