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The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) is a truly inspiring and international setting. We are a friendly and lively community, where you can engage in dialogue across cultures and develop a global, critical mind-set. The School offers or contributes to around 90 prestigious University of London degrees in combinations that develop a wide range of interests and skills. As well as degrees in languages, we offer CLC, Liberal Arts and Multilingual Studies. Our students are passionate about culture and go into an array of careers in the arts, media, the law, teaching, research and in the commercial and public sectors. Our School is located in the bright, modern International Building opposite the Students' Union on our beautiful, green campus. 

Why choose Modern Languages at Royal Holloway? 

Degree Combinations

  • Our wide range of modular courses covers language, literature and culture across a wealth of periods and contexts.

  • All the languages we teach - French, German, Italian and Spanish - can be studied ab initio or at advanced level. Every SMLLC language degree includes an integrated year abroad, which is usually funded by the Erasmus exchange scheme. You can combine a language with another language, or with another subject, such as CLC, Drama, English or Management. See Course Finder for more information.

  • Studying languages means discovering a world of literature, culture, art and theory, and the School is home to experts in a wide range of fields. Our prestigious CLC and Liberal Arts programmes draw on this expertise, and Liberal Arts offers you the chance to take courses from within the School and from across the College 

Teaching and Support

  • We're proud to have been awarded an exceptional number of teaching prizes for innovation and excellence. In the 2015 National Student Survey our students rated us one of the top scoring departments for our teaching (93 per cent overall satisfaction). 

  • We use a range of teaching and assessment methods which feed into your independent study and complement each other.

  • You'll also benefit from a Personal Advisor who'll help you make the most of the choices available to you and of your potential. 

  • When you join us, you'll work with world-renowned specialists in literature, culture, thought, film, visual art and philosophy in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Latin America and beyond. We love to share our expertise in accessible ways, helping you get the most out of your degree.

Research Strength

  • We enjoy a world-class research reputation. The School was rated among the top ten Modern Languages departments nationally (9th), and top in London, for its 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

  • All of our academics are experts in their own field and we love to pass on our expertise in an extraordinary breadth of topics. This means our courses range from literature to film, art to philosophy, the songs of troubadours to European filmmakers, Dante to Dada, Proust to postmodern cinema, the Spanish Golden Age to contemporary Latin America and European Fiction, Early Modern France to the literature and film of Paris.

  • You can also choose fascinating thematic approaches and explore issues such as gender and sexuality, class conflict, postcolonial identities and transnationalism, ethics, violence and terror, love and transgression.

Find out more about our staff and their research profiles


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