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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

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 more than 700 undergraduate students, 60 MPhil students and 120 PhD students we are one of the largest humanities Faculties in the University and one of the largest languages Faculties nationally.

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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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MML came top of the league table for Modern Languages and Linguistics in the University Guide 2014 published by the Guardian newspaper. A maximum score of 100 out of 100 put Cambridge amongst the top rated of all UK Universities for student satisfaction (with the course, teaching, and feedback), as well as student/staff ratio, spend per student, and career destinations.

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Cambridge came top of the league table for Modern Languages and Linguistics in the University Guide for 2015 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

Girton College Modern Languages Taster Day

21 October 2015

A day for Years 10 and 11 to encourage studying Modern Languages at university.

Colloquium on Carlos Fuentes

9 October 2015

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is hosting a colloquium on Carlos Fuentes, which is being held this Friday (9th October) at Emmanuel College.

Registration for the International Christopher Marlowe Conference is now open

7 September 2015

'The International Christopher Marlowe' is a two day academic conference devoted to exploring the international contexts, both historical and contemporary, informing the work of the English poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe (c.1564). 7th - 8th September 2015, University of Exeter.

German Department History - Schröder Cup discovered

28 August 2015

Following a chance discovery of old documents in the Modern Languages Faculty it has been possible to trace the Schröder Cup.

Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium

26 August 2015

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Centre of Latin American Studies are pleased to announce a new Consortium in Latin American Cultural Studies for PhD students. This new flexible arrangement will foster a greater exchange of ideas between students and scholars in the Department and the Centre and provide more opportunities for them to access relevant training, funding and other resources.

Don’t call it a civil war – Ukraine’s conflict is an act of Russian aggression

25 August 2015

As Ukraine marks 24 years since its independence from the Soviet Union, it is embroiled in the most dangerous armed conflict in Europe – against the Russian Federation. The stakes are incredibly high, and yet the war is still being discussed in euphemisms, write Dr Rory Finnin (Department of Slavonic Studies) and Dr Thomas D Grant (Faculty of Law).

The Trinity Hall Essay Prize in Modern Languages

19 August 2015

Applications are now open for The Trinity Hall Essay Prize in Modern Languages. This competition will carry a top prize of £200, a second prize of £100, and a third prize of £50; several further essays will be highly commended.

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