International Management & Modern Languages - French. I'm going to start off by abbreviating it to "FIMML", for obvious reasons.
This is the course I chose two years ago when I firmed my UCAS choices and so far, I definitely have no regrets. It's a cross faculty course in that whilst I may be in the School of Management, this semester, for example, over half of my classes are actually in PoLIS dept, which stands for "Politics, Languages and International Studies and is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences."
The reason I love this course is because it allows me to combine my love of studying a language along with business management which was what I wanted to study. It's hard to find a good degree for language and business - you'll often find that it will be 25% French and 75% business. With Bath it's much closer to 50/50 which means that you get properly immersed into the French language and you pick it up much faster.
Year 1 Modules
- French language (written, aural and oral)
- French Economy since 1945
- French Law
- French History 1930-81
As you can see here, it isn't just French business or French language. It's a lot more interesting. The course is designed to bring you up to speed with the French economy, government and it's legal system so that you fully understand the environment that businesses have to work in. Not only are these modules really interesting but you learn loads of specialised vocabulary which really boosts your French ability. Terms like "le dirigisme" which describes government intervention in business don't really have direct English translations.
- Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
- Statistics and Data Analysis
- UK Law
- Accounting for Managers
This is the English side of the course and each module seems to be designed to give you an understanding of different areas in order to make decisions - after all it is a management degree, and managers are decision makers.
I feel like everyone at university has a module that they don't enjoy. For me, this was Stats. So much Math. So many annoyingly uneven decimals. However, it's necessary as it helps you to understand how to interpret and process important data, transform it into meaningful information and present it.
Law was great - you learn about the English legal system and it's so interesting case law is full of examples which are usually quite humorous. The most interesting thing was what I learnt on day 1 when I found out that we enter legally binding contracts every single time we buy something at our local shop, whether that's a can of coke or a cell phone. Accounting is good as well, it's all about making things balance so you have a great sense of satisfaction when you finish a practice question and everything is equal and it's great. (Nerd moment)
Lectures & Seminars
All IMML courses have a reasonably small intake, the largest is usually around 46. This means that unlike other courses where over a hundred other people are taking the same course as you, you actually get to know your course mates. We do share some modules with other courses but a lot of the french classes are usually much small which makes the learning a lot easier.
Some lecturers have started to adopt a system called Panopto. This records the lecture on video but it is also connected to the computer system in the lecture theatre so it also records the slideshow. This means that whenever you're revising and need to see part of a lecture again, it's really easy to go online and find the lecture you need and replay the part you need. You'll have 2 windows on your computer screen, one of the lecturer's computer so you can see everything he showed you in the lecture and another with an actual video of the lecture itself. This was a lifesaver for my Stats revision.
How much free time will I have?
Not going to lie, I have a lot of free time. Unlike the science students, I don't have lab hours so this semester I only have 14 hours per week. Of course I'm meant to do a lot of independent study on top of this but if you time manage properly and make the most of your time during the day by getting up early and starting at 9, you can pretty much have every evening and most of the weekend free.
This is the second reason that I knew I wanted to study at Bath. They have some amazing placement opportunities in your third year and these days, employers value experience above all else so the year will be invaluable. Some of their partners include big international names like BP and Zurich and they also have great connections with top French business schools.
You have one year of placement which you can choose to spend at a French business school, in a placement or 6 months in each which is what most people go for. This is probably why the employment rates for the course are so high (around 94%).
This has been a really brief overview of the course because there is so much I could write on every little detail. If you have any questions or about the course or university in general, I'm always happy to answer them in the comments section.
So if you're looking for a language & business degree, remember to check the percentage of each half of the course. Remember to check if they have a guaranteed placement and check the employment stats. You will struggle to find a degree as competitive as the Uni of Bath's.