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Welcome to the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham

The School has released a statement regarding recent events at South College.

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. 

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3rd Middle East/Asian Studies The Complete University Guide 2022
5th for German/Italian The Complete University Guide 2022
6th for French The Complete University Guide 2022
Durham 6th in UK The Complete University Guide 2022

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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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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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Professor Daniel Newman presents 'Dante and the Muslim world' at the Newcastle Lit & Phil

Professor Daniel Newman presents 'Dante and the Muslim world' at the Newcastle Lit & Phil on 16th December 2021
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Professor Ita Mac Carthy appears on BBC Radio 4's 'Moving Pictures'

Professor Ita Mac Carthy recently appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Moving Pictures' to discuss Francesco del Casso's fresco 'April'.
Francesco del Cossa's fresco 'April'

Upcoming events

L’écriture créative en prose: jeux à la première personne du singulier

Wednesday 26 January 2022 - Wednesday 26 January 2022
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Online
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French Research Seminar with Dr Tracy Rutler (Pennsylvania State University)

Wednesday 2 February 2022 - Wednesday 2 February 2022
12:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Online

Atelier d’écriture créative animé par Dr Marie-Géraldine Lea

Wednesday 16 February 2022 - Wednesday 16 February 2022
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Online
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L’intime au coeur du fantastique - Online creative writing workshop led by Katia Lanero Zamora

Wednesday 23 February 2022 - Wednesday 23 February 2022
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Online
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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.

Highlights

My year abroad experience

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