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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

History and Modern Languages

Courses: History and Modern Languages

The History and Modern Languages course provides insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts. This exciting new four-year Honours degree, offered jointly by the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages and the Faculty of History, encompasses intensive study in language, culture, film, as well as a wide variety of British, European and world history.

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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is the home of language and linguistics teaching and research at the University of Cambridge. With nearly 1,000 students (over 770 undergraduates, 65 MPhil students and 140 PhD students) we are one of the largest humanities Faculties in the University and one of the largest languages Faculties nationally. The Faculty was founded over 130 years ago in 1879.

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New sculpture at Sidgwick Site


The Faculty is home to a number of centres and research initiatives, and also supports a range of projects across the University and further afield.

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Students on a Bridge

Applying for Undergraduate Study

Cambridge came top of the league table for Modern Languages and Linguistics in the University Guide for 2017 published by The Guardian newspaper. The most recent National Student Survey places Cambridge MML at the top for Overall Student Satisfaction, with a rate of 99%. This is one of the highest scores in the University of Cambridge, itself the highest-ranked institution of the Russell Group.

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Latest news and events

The Sixth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

6 July 2016

The Sixth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment 'Curriculum Design and Evaluation for Endangered Languages', organised by Dr Mari Jones, Reader in French Linguistics and Language Change, will take place on 6th July 2016.

Español ab initio: V Certamen de Poesía

23 May 2016

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to announce the winners of this year's ab initio Poetry Contest: they are Jenny O'Sullivan (Primer Premio) and Callum Jessop (Finalista). Nuestra más cálida enhorabuena a los dos. Please take a moment to read their poems here .

ITA1 Use of Italian

20 May 2016

The examination for MML Tripos Part 1A, ab initio Italian, ITA1 Use Of Italian, which was due to take place today at 9am, has been unable to proceed after the discovery of a procedural irregularity.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

10 May 2016

The Faculty welcomes applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

UCML seminar: The EU referendum and HE languages disciplines

26 April 2016

The University Council of Modern Languages is organising a seminar on the EU referendum and its impact on Modern Language disciplines.

Britain and the EU

18 April 2016

The Vice Chancellor has recently spoken on the importance to the University of Cambridge of the European ideal and its practical consequences for research, student and staff mobility. The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages would like to remind all of our students of the importance of casting a vote in the forthcoming referendum, the outcome of which is so important to our future.

Faculty to launch major new AHRC research project on multilingualism

23 March 2016

The Faculty is to launch a major new research project to study the benefits of multilingualism to individuals and society, and transform attitudes to languages in the UK, as part of the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative.

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