The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is a leading centre of teaching and research in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Japanese and Russian Studies. 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 also reflected in an exciting range of taught postgraduate degrees. The School and its departments figure regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide, the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University Guide.
The School's research community is organised through interdisciplinary Research Groups and is home to around 60 postgraduate students pursuing research degrees. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assessed research outputs, environment and impact beyond academia, 75% of the School’s research was assessed as 3* (of "internationally excellent quality") or 4* ("world-leading").
The School is also home to the Centre for Foreign Language Study, which 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.