Modern and Medieval Languages


Is MML for you?

A languages degree at Cambridge might be for you if you:

  • enjoy and have an aptitude for learning languages – and want to obtain a high level of fluency
  • are motivated, and not daunted, by the idea that as immensely rewarding as language-learning is, the pursuit of fluency and idiomatic expression is also an on-going, never-ending project…
  • are interested in exploring and understanding the past and present of countries where your languages are spoken, through the study of their culture, literature and history
  • have a love of languages and curiosity about language and culture that go hand in hand: your knowledge of languages will give you a special, unrivalled tool for exploring the history and culture of another country, be that through literature and film; through news and media; through exploring the history of the language’s change and structure; through conversations with new friends made on your Year Abroad. 

If you have the kind of interests and curiosity described above, and if you are on course to achieve top grades in your forthcoming exams, you should definitely consider applying. You are likely to be a serious candidate.

Why study at Cambridge?

Cambridge came top of the league table for Modern Languages and Linguistics in the University Guide for 2017 published by The Guardian newspaper, beating Oxford for the sixth year running. The most recent National Student Survey places Cambridge MML at the top for Overall Student Satisfaction, with a rate of 99%. This is one of the highest scores in the University of Cambridge, itself the highest-ranked institution of the Russell Group.

The Modern and Medieval Languages degree offers exceptional opportunities to study the languages and cultures of most European (and many non-European) countries. Our students acquire advanced linguistic and critical skills, as well as intercultural sensitivity, which places them among the most sought-after graduates on the job market.

Homerton takes around 8 students each year for Modern Languages, and also one or two students for the AMES degree who have chosen to match their Middle Eastern language with a European one (such Arabic and Spanish). Our students study a good range of languages, including an exceptionally wide range of cultural and linguistic options, taught to a high level. All MML students study two languages, one of which you can learn from scratch (with the exception of French or Latin where A Level/IB Higher Level standard is required), and reach a very high level in both. 

You have the chance to gain in-depth knowledge about the culture, history, cinema, literature, art, politics and philosophy of other countries, depending on which languages you choose. The course also includes options in linguistics (both linguistic aspects of the languages you're studying, and dealing with the nature of language in general). The year abroad offers an opportunity not only to improve the level of the language being studied but to get a rich sense of the whole culture in a living and dynamic way.

Dr Tonneau is a college lecturer who specialises in 18th century French writing. He has research interests in the writing of the Enlightenment and in the politics and history of the French Revolution.  Homerton also has language help available in French,German and Spanish by lectors from each language.

Director Of Studies:

Application for MML is the same as for other subjects and the standard offer is A*AA at A level (IB 40-42 pts with 776 in HL subjects- with the eqivalent in other qualifying exams). Homerton will ask for written work to be submitted (these should be ordinary school essays, already marked by your teachers). All applicants for MML will take a written assessment at the time of interview. Further information about the format and content for this assessment is available here.

We interview the vast majority of applicants. These will have two interviews and applicants should expect some specific questioning about both of ther language choices and some further ascertaining of existing abilities in a lanuage already taken to A level or equivalent (obviously for a language to be taken from scratch we are looking more for compelling interest than for knowledge).