School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Top 20 in the UK for modern languages and linguistics

Guardian University League Table 2020

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School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is one of the largest and most diverse of its kind in the UK.

From undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and globally impactful reasearch projects, our students benefit from the expertise and dedication of internationally recognised scholars, high-quality facilities and a welcoming environment. 

Studying with us

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We offer a variety of subjects including ten world languages, linguistics, film and classics. You can choose one of these subjects, combine two languages, or study one language with another subject.

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Our taught masters degrees are closely linked to our research expertise, ensuring that all of our teaching is supported by the latest research findings.

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We work across key themes such as European literatures, the Arab world, the cultures of South East Asia, gender, film, translation and interpreting, linguistics and language computing, and many more.


Top 3

student experience

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018


student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

Top 10

University for research power in the UK

Research Excellence Framework 2014

We offer pre-sessional English courses to help you to improve your English to the level needed to study an undergraduate, Masters or research degree. Our General English course will help you develop your day-to-day communication skills in English and learn more about British culture.


Languages for All gives you the chance to take modules in a foreign language, or additional foreign language, as part of your degree. You can choose a language which is completely new to you or continue a language you have studied before.