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 2018, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of Durham University is ranked 2nd in French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies, Middle Eastern and African Studies and Russian & East European Languages, 3rd in East and South Asian Studies (a new entry in the league table). At the institutional level, Durham is currently ranked 6th in the UK.
Saturday 27 April 2019
- Society for Friench Studies PG Conference: ‘The Return of the Author’ 9:00am to 7:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College
Thursday 2 May 2019
- Seminar: Renewable Energy, Settler Colonialism and Poetic Resistance: Wind Farms in Western Sahara 1:00pm to 2:00pm, E245, Engineering Department, Dr Joanna Allan (Northumbria University) and Hamza Lakhal (PhD student, anthropology, Durham University)
Tuesday 7 May 2019
- British Academy Lecture:‘Transnational Italian Culture and the Ghosts of Empire’ 6:30pm to 7:45pm, British Academy, London, Professor Charles Burdett
Thursday 9 May 2019
- Conference: Modern Japan in the Comparative Imagination 9:30am onwards, Senate Room, University College
Monday 13 May 2019
- Forum: The International in a National: Translation as a Factor of the National Evolution 9:00am, Senate Room, University College, Durham University
Tuesday 14 May 2019
- LESLIE BROOKS LECTURE: Global Weirding: An Aesthetics of the Anthropocene 6:00pm to 8:00pm, ER142, Elvet Riverside I, Professor Eva Horn (University of Vienna)
- Tina Kover (O’Donnell) is a finalist for the 2019 Albertine Prize
- Chekhov’s short stories performed by the 2nd year students of the Russian department
- The Bigas Luna Tribute announces new events in Manchester 28-31 March 2019
- Laura Campbell helps to uncover new medieval French manuscript fragments containing the story of Merlin
- New Publication: Alexandre Burin 'Maurice de Guérin's Lettres à Barbey d'Aurevilly'
- New edited collection by Professor Carlo Caruso - The Life of Texts: evidence in textual production, transmission and reception
- Conference support awarded by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
- MLaC Student of Russian appears on Russian TV News (Channel 1)
- Photographic Exhibition Honouring the Legacy of Prof Andrea Noble Opens in Mexico City
- New Publication: Professor Mike Gonzalez [Hispanic Studies] 'The Ebb of the Pink Tide: The Decline of the Left in Latin America'
- Visualidades en conflicto: Symposium and Exhibition in Mexico City in Memory of Professor Andrea Noble
- The Bigas Luna Tribute San José Declared Event of National Cultural Interest
Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.