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Welcome to the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham

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. Our community of academics, teachers and support staff aim to foster a world-class student experience in all our disciplines. 

Sections within our School feature regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide. In the recently published Complete University Guide 2022, our School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University is ranked 3rd in Arabic (Middle Eastern & African Studies) and Chinese and Japanese Studies (in the East & South Asian Studies), 4th in Russian, 5th in Italian, German and Hispanic Studies and 6th in French. At an institutional level, Durham is currently ranked 6th in the UK.

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6th for French The Complete University Guide 2022
5th for Italian The Complete University Guide 2022
5th for German The Complete University Guide 2022
Durham 6th in UK The Complete University Guide 2022

Study with us

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. 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.

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What's new?


Jessica Rushton wins the Durham 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The 3-Minute Thesis Competition allowed Jessica, a PhD student in French, to present her thesis project in front of a non-specialist audience through a creative approach that stood out from typical academic conference papers.
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New publication from Dr Laura Chuhan Campbell

The Bristol Merlin: Revealing the Secrets of a Medieval Fragment by Dr Laura Chuhan Campbell
The Bristol Merlin

Prof Santiago Fouz Hernández talks about his research on Bigas Luna on Spanish national television

Professor Santiago Fouz (School of Modern Languages and Cultures) was a guest in the Spanish television programme “Historia de nuestro cine” (‘History of our cinema’), broadcast last Friday, May 21st. The weekly programme, presented by Elena Sánchez, has been running on Spanish national public television channel TVE2 since 2015.
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Upcoming events

Atelier d'écriture intime et créative: Moi et l'avenir - Online creative writing workshop led by Eloïse Steyaert

Wednesday 27 October 2021 - Wednesday 27 October 2021
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Apprendre une langue en l'aimant - Online Masterclass led by Véronique Tadjo

Wednesday 17 November 2021 - Wednesday 17 November 2021
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Our research

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.
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Student updates

Hear from our students at The School of Modern Languages and Cultures.


My year abroad experience

Combined Honours 4th year student, Marina tells about her exciting trips abroad during her degree.

A Day in the Life of a Languages, Literature and Cultures MA student

MA Languages, Literature and Cultures student, Rebecca takes us through her day-to-day experience at Durham.
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Get in touch

Find out more about our undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities at The School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Durham University
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT


+44 (0) 191 334 3420

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