Modern Languages at Oxford
Linguists at Oxford are studying in one of the largest and most successful faculties of Modern Languages in the world, consistently ranked as such by the QS World University Rankings.
The study of language and literature is central to our courses, with literary study ranging from the medieval to the contemporary period, in both European and global settings, and across every conceivable genre.
Literary study also encompasses a wider exposure to the languages in question, as well as the contextual study of history, society, politics, other cultural forms, and thought.
Specialist courses on fields such as linguistics, cinema, the visual arts, and advanced translation studies are also available.
Modern Languages at Merton
Modern Languages at Merton is a vibrant and diverse cohort of tutors and students, studying a wide range of languages, periods, and literary genres. Whether you’re interested in Isabel Allende or Émile Zola, medieval Germany or modern-day Latin America, you’ll be sure to find someone at Merton to share and develop your interests. Our tutors, Professor Ian Maclachlan and Dr Alice Brooke, combine years of experience teaching the Oxford syllabus with innovative research in modern French literature and philosophy, and colonial Spanish literature and culture.
The College currently admits nine undergraduates a year to read Modern Languages and the associated Joint Schools with Linguistics, Classics, English, History, and Philosophy. Applicants are welcome in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, or Russian, but for the Honour School of Modern Languages one of the languages offered must be French or Spanish. Beginners may be admitted to read Italian, Portuguese, German or Russian. For the Joint Schools, any of the above six languages may be offered.
"With languages being one of the largest subject groups at Merton by number of students, it is really easy to feel like you are an integral part of the college’s academic life. This, along with dedicated language Fellows and a generous Year Abroad grant, means that I am very glad of my decision to study languages at Merton."
Seb Dows-Miller, French and Linguistics