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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Welcome to prospective students!

Autumn leaves in front of Raised Faculty Building

Welcome to all prospective students! 

"Know languages, know countries, know people" Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Top of the league table for Modern Languages and Linguistics in The Guardian newspaper University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021


Thinking about studying Linguistics or Modern Languages? These are rich, intellectually rewarding fields, through which your degree course may chart one of many diverse routes, all fostering skills that are highly sought-after by top employers in many fields.

We offer undergraduate degree courses in Modern and Medieval Languages (MML), Linguistics, and, jointly with the Faculty of History, in History and Modern Languages (HML).

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A Modern Languages degree lets you study the world—and lets you get especially close to the cultures and peoples of other places: through the knowledge of their languages. As well as developing your language skills to a high level of fluency, our courses cover a broad spectrum of the culture, history, literature, art, film and philosophy relating to the languages we teach.

Within the four-year MML degree you can also study the structure, history and properties of language alongside your study of modern foreign languages and incorporating a year abroad.

Alternatively, the three-year degree in Linguistics lets you explore all aspects of language, our most crucially human attribute. Within the wide-ranging discipline of Linguistics you can explore properties which all languages share and which offer insight into the human mind. The degree in Linguistics does not require detailed knowledge of a particular language, and so the course is accessible to those who have a general interest in and knowledge of language.

Cambridge is a vibrant and challenging place to study Modern Languages and Linguistics. Our world-renowned scholars and researchers are dedicated to teaching and inspiring undergraduates, and our degrees give you the flexibility to follow your interests and discover new ones. No matter what your background, the teaching at Cambridge will develop your knowledge and skills, enhance your analytical and creative thinking, introduce you to new subjects and approaches, and equip you to pursue independent research.

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is committed to finding students with the highest potential, from any educational background. If you are a school or college student thinking of studying Modern Languages or Linguistics at university, these pages will provide you with everything you need to know.

The Courses We Offer