School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Record success in QS World Subject Rankings
Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th
A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Its community of academics, teachers and support staff aims to foster a world-class student experience in all its disciplines. Some 80 full-time members of staff are engaged in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering expertise in a wide range of subjects, including language, literature, cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and translation; this is reflected also in an exciting range of taught degrees at postgraduate level. Sections within the School figure regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.
The Centre for Foreign Language Study offers learners not taking a specialist degree in Modern Languages, including students, staff and members of the public, the opportunity to learn a range of languages from beginners to more advanced levels.
A top-ranking School of Modern Languages in the UK
In the recently published Complete University Guide 2020, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of Durham University is ranked 2nd in French, Hispanic Studies, and Arabic (Middle Eastern & African Studies) and 3rd in Russian (Russian & East European Languages), Italian, and German. Its Chinese and Japanese Studies are ranked 5th nationally in the East & South Asian Studies category. At the institutional level, Durham is currently ranked 6th in the UK.
Wednesday 16 October 2019
- Book Launch: La première circulation de la Servitude françaiseen France et au-delà 5:00pm, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Dr Marc Schachter and Professor John O’Brien, with Dr Tom Hamilton (Durham)
Wednesday 23 October 2019
- School Of Modern Languages & Cultures Work in Progress Seminars 1:00pm to 2:00pm, ER141, Elvet Riverside I
Thursday 24 October 2019
- School Lecture Series: "Becoming Eco-media: Nuclear Exclusion Zones, Wild Boars and Pocket Geiger Counters" 5:00pm to 7:00pm, ER149, Elvet Riverside I, Dan O'Neill (University of California, Berkeley)
Wednesday 30 October 2019
- School Of Modern Languages & Cultures Work in Progress Seminars: Learning Technologies 1:00pm to 2:00pm, ER141, Elvet Riverside I, Candace Nolan-Grant, Dr Gerald Moore and Benji Herm-Morris
- French Research Seminar Series: French À la Mode: Language and Culture in Migration 3:00pm, ER278, Elvet Riverside 2, Professor Richard Scholar (Durham)
Wednesday 6 November 2019
- The Scholarship Lab 1:00pm to 2:00pm, A56, Elvet Riverside1
- Zurbarán Fellow in Michaelmas Term
- New Appointment in Japanese Studies at Durham University
- New Appointments in German Studies at Durham University
- New Appointments in Hispanic Studies at Durham University
- New Publication: Dr Alexander Burdumy 'German Reading Skills for Academic Purposes'
- CALL FOR PAPERS - 2020 Modern Languages Conference 'Where are We Now?'
- Tina Kover’s translation of A Summer with Montaigne by Antoine Compagnon has been released by Europa Editions
- Photographic Exhibition Honouring the Legacy of Prof Andrea Noble Opens in Mexico City
Save the Date
International Conference to be held at Durham University
20 - 22 April 2020
Highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020 place Durham University 27th among the world’s leading universities – up three places from last year.