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 non-specialist learners, 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.
- Excellent results for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition for 2016 entry
- Dr Alex Bellem undertakes fieldwork in Jordan
- Professor Andy Beresford has been awarded 12-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship
- MLAC success in AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)
- Professor Andrea Noble has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) grant for the project “Cold War Camera: Visual Legacies in Latin America,” which will run from April 2016 to December 2017
- Professor Nick Saul publishes co-edited volume with Rodopi: 'The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920: The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature'
- Professor Lucille Cairns publishes new book Francophone Jewish Writers: Imagining Israel with Liverpool University Press
Durham makes World Top 30 for its Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been ranked in the World’s Top 30 for its Arts and Humanities in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (up 18 places from last year)
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