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.
The top-ranking School of Modern Languages in the UK
Four of the School's Departments are ranked first in their subject in the 2015 Complete University Guide. Arabic (Middle Eastern & African Studies), French, German and Hispanic Studies (Iberian Languages) have all secured first place, and Italian and Russian are ranked in second place. This league table takes into account four factors: entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessment and graduate prospects.
- Mr Niall Oddy: Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century
- Professor Nicholas Saul organises and addresses conference ‘Novalis und die Medizin’ ‘(Novalis and medicine’) at the International Novalis Society
- Excellent Rankings achieved by Modern Languages at Durham in the Complete University Guide 2018
- Professor Nicholas Saul has just completed a short lecture tour in North America
- Jonathan Long delivers public lecture at UC Berkeley: Photography and Pacifism in the Weimar Republic
- T M Johnstone archive brought into daylight for Undergraduate Arabists’ Workshop at Palace Green Library
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures celebrates the Persian New Year
- The Fourth Durham Chinese Speech Competition took place on 1 March 2017
- Dr Victoria Ivleva awarded BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) Women's Forum Article/Chapter Prize for 2017
- 5th Postgraduate Colloquium in Translation Studies took place in February 2017
- Durham University co-hosts a new Bigas Luna Tribute in Barcelona