Modern and Medieval LanguagesUniversity of Cambridge
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- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (England)
What you'll learn on the course
Teaching is made up of lectures, seminars, language classes, intensive oral work in small groups, and supervisions. For your supervisions, you prepare written work which you then discuss with a specialist in the field. In your first year, you can generally expect around 12-14 hours of teaching each week.
You’re assessed at the end of each year, primarily through written and oral examinations, and the submission of an extended research project (usually a dissertation) at the end of Year 3. You may also offer a second dissertation instead of one of the Part II written examination papers.Year 1 (Part IA) Developing your language skills
You study two languages, at least one at post-A Level/IB Higher Level standard. You should indicate which languages you’re interested in studying in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). The choice isn’t final, and many students change their mind before (or after) they start.
The main emphasis in Year 1 is on developing your language skills, taught by a range of methods including Faculty classes of up to 15 students, and supervisions in groups of two or three. You also take an introductory paper in which you explore three or more of the following topics:
In your second year, you take five papers in total. You continue intensive language study with the aim of acquiring native or near-native fluency in both languages, and choose from a wide range of papers covering topics such as:
- an introduction to a language and culture you haven’t studied before
You have the option to replace one exam with coursework in the second year.Years 3 and 4 (Part II) Specialisation and options
In the third year, you spend at least eight months abroad, during which time you prepare a project that counts as one sixth of your final mark. This can be a dissertation, a translation project or a linguistics project.
Just before the fourth year starts, you take an oral examination back in Cambridge.
You take six papers and are free to specialise in one language, to combine options from two or more languages, to take comparative options and/or to take up to two options from certain other courses (eg English, History).
You do advanced language work and focus on topics such as literature, linguistics, thought, history, film etc in one or two of your languages.
There are also a number of comparative papers on offer which allow you to combine the study of both of your languages. These currently include papers on European film, the body, and the linguistics of the Germanic, Romance, and Slavonic language families. Many students replace one of their written papers with a further dissertation (currently 8,000-10,000 words).
For further information about studying Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge see the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages website.