Serbian/Croatian PGDip


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PGDip Serbian/Croatian
9 months
Entry requirements
Candidates would normally be expected to hold a single or joint honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in an appropriate subject.
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


Provides intensive language training for beginners, tailored to the individual need of the student.
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As one of the largest of its kind in the UK, the department of Russian and Slavonic Studies is able to offer an intensive beginners language course for professional purposes in Serbian/Croatian.

This course is designed to provide intensive language training for beginners, tailored to the individual need of the student.  Study trips may be made part of the course.  The course will create a foundation for subsequent work in business, translation, government or research.

Class sizes are small, the teaching quality is outstanding and the support from tutors is second to none.  Classes provide a perfect balance of instruction in speaking, comprehension, writing and grammar.  This is ideal for anyone requiring a grounding in Serbian/Croatian for professional purposes

Key facts

  • Serbian and Croatian studies have been taught at Nottingham for over 50 years with more students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in this field than at any other UK University.
  • Three main areas of Slavonic culture are taught in the Department: Russian, Serbian/Croatian and Slovene Studies
  • Over many years the Department has built up a reputation as a major centre for Russian studies in the UK, and in central and south-east Europe it is viewed as the principal British centre for the study of the region
  • The Department was awarded an excellent rating of 5A in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise

Course details

This course is completed by 2 x 60 credit modules.

Progress is continually assessed by class tests, portfolio work, oral exams and a final exam.


Serbian/Croatian Language Diploma Part 1

The module is based on the coursebook Teach Yourself Serbian. Each unit introduces different points of grammar (syntax and morphology) and vocabulary through everyday situations. It begins with basic case and verb patterns and builds up to more complex grammatical points, forming compound sentences, using the conditional and gerunds. The module also includes aspects of daily and cultural life.

Serbian/Croatian Language Diploma Part 2

The module is taught using materials from written, audio and video sources. It includes exercises in summarising texts in the target language, comprehension of written and spoken material, translation from and into the target language, guided composition writing and oral presentations. The module builds on the skills acquired in the first semester, with more emphasis on independent learning and developing the ability to break down complex linguistic structures in order to facilitate comprehension and communication skills. An important element of the module is a portfolio of work related to the student’s area of research or professional interest, which helps students build up vocabulary related to their subject.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

University of Nottingham International Office funding pages



Career Prospects and Employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.

Average starting salary and career progression

According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 94% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts enter employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation**.

* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.

** Data is taken from known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.



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