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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Courses: Modern and Medieval Languages

BA/MML (R800)

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Is MML for you?

A languages degree at Cambridge might be for you if you:

  • enjoy and have an aptitude for learning languages – and want to obtain a high level of fluency.
  • are motivated, and not daunted, by the idea that as immensely rewarding as language-learning is, the pursuit of fluency and idiomatic expression is also an on-going, never-ending project…
  • are interested in exploring and understanding the past and present of countries where your languages are spoken, through the study of their culture, literature and history.
  • have a love of languages and curiosity about language and culture that go hand in hand: your knowledge of languages will give you a special, unrivalled tool for exploring the history and culture of another country, be that through literature and film; through news and media; through exploring the history of the language’s change and structure; through conversations with new friends made on your Year Abroad. 

If you have the kind of interests and curiosity described above, and if you are on course to achieve top grades in your forthcoming exams, you should definitely consider applying. You are likely to be a serious candidate.

Why study at Cambridge?

In recent years, Cambridge has consistently been rated top of league tables for Modern Languages and Linguistics. A 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.

The Modern and Medieval Languages degree offers exceptional opportunities to study the languages and cultures of most European (and many non-European) countries. Our students acquire advanced linguistic and critical skills, as well as intercultural sensitivity, which places them among the most sought-after graduates on the job market.

​Course Overview

The Modern and Medieval Languages course at Cambridge is exceptionally flexible and wide-ranging in scope, offering opportunities to study in depth the culture, history, literature, philosophy, art and film relating to the languages we teach, as well as topics in linguistics that explore the specific languages you are learning and the properties which all languages share.  

In each year of your degree, you will follow courses (‘papers’) of two kinds:

  1. language papers that focus on employing and extending your active language skills
  2. your choice of ‘scheduled papers’ that focus on the culture, history, literature, philosophy, art and film culture of the languages you are learning and/or on linguistics.  These papers are generally organized by period, theme, or medium.

The degree requires the study of two languages, at least for the first two years. One of these may be a classical language (Latin or Greek). 

See the course entry in the prospectus








For more information about Modern and Medieval Languages at individual Cambridge Colleges, follow the links below:

Christs Hughes Hall Robinson
Churchill Jesus Selwyn
Clare King's Sidney Sussex
Corpus Christi Lucy Cavendish St Catharine's
Downing Magdalene St Edmund's
Emmanuel Murray Edwards St John's
Fitzwilliam Newnham Trinity
Girton Pembroke Trinity Hall
Gonville and Caius Peterhouse Wolfson
Homerton Queens'  


The First Year