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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

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 School's research community is organised through a number of interdisciplinary Research Groups and is home to some 60 postgraduate students pursuing research degrees.

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.


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Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition

The Northern Bridge studentship competition for 2018 has now been launched. For general information see or for language area contacts see the postgraduate funding page

Gold rated for teaching excellence and student outcomes

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.

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Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 100