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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Brexit in Focus

Brexit in Focus

This series of articles explores the repercussions of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, and considers the important role that languages play in modern Britain.

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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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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.

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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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Latest news and events

Why we cannot afford to lose Erasmus+

1 December 2016

Andrea G. Klaus (University of Warwick) and Silke Mentchen (University of Cambridge) on why Erasmus+ must continue after Britain leaves the EU.

Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli

22 November 2016

'A Feast of languages: Multilingualism in neuro-typical and atypical populations'. Tue 22 November 2016 - 17:30 to 19:30 in the Auditorium, Fitzwilliam College.

Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships

11 November 2016

The Faculty welcomes applications for Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #5

1 November 2016

In the fifth of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Dr John Gallagher, historian of early modern Europe, argues that Britain should look to its past to rediscover the importance of language learning.

The unfortunate demise of language learning

25 October 2016

Published in Varsity, Charlie Stone stresses the importance of engaging in foreign languages following Brexit isolationism and English speakers resting on their laurels.

Hear Bridget Kendall on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

19 October 2016

MML Annual Lecture speaker Bridget Kendall spoke today on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Bridget will be speaking at the MML Annual Lecture on 'Language as a tool for a foreign correspondent'.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor supports call for Government to prioritise language learning during Brexit

18 October 2016

Professor Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at The University of Cambridge has issued a statement supporting the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages’ recent call to Government to treat language learning as a priority policy issue in light of Brexit.

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