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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 Seventh Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

4 July 2017

The Seventh Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment 'Language Contact and Language Change in Endangered Languages', organised by Dr Mari Jones, Reader in French Linguistics and Language Change, will take place on 4th July 2017.

Cognitive benefits of language learning highlighted in British Academy special report

19 July 2016

The British Academy has commissioned a special report on the cognitive benefits of language learning, which aims to provide an overview of existing research in the field.

Cambridge to explore benefits of multilingualism with new AHRC research project

4 July 2016

The University of Cambridge 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. We want to have a transformative effect on language learning, as well as...

Foreign Language Spelling Bee

1 July 2016

The national final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee for UK secondary schools took place at Anglia Ruskin on 1st July. The event was organised by Sarah Schechter as part of the Routes into Languages project, which MML is involved in. There were 77,000 entries nationally, and over 100 students took part in the final...

Post-Brexit, Studying Language and Culture Is More Urgent Than Ever

28 June 2016

Post-Brexit, Studying Language and Culture Is More Urgent Than Ever: statement from the Board of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Dr Mari Jones wins the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award for the School of Arts and Humanities!

22 June 2016

Dr Mari Jones, of the Department of French, has won the Vice Chancellor's Impact Award for the School of Arts and Humanities. Congratulations!

New report co-authored by Prof. Wendy Ayres-Bennett on the value of languages

26 May 2016

Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett (DTAL) has co-authored a new report which argues that urgent action is needed to close the UK languages gap.

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