Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

Perfecting your language skills is only one part of this rich and diverse course; you will discover the literature, philosophy, politics and history of the countries whose language you are studying.

Course details

Number of students per year
Typical offer
A*AA at A-Level; 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for the IB.
Essential subjects
Qualification in at least one of the languages that you want to study

Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics at Homerton

The linguists at Homerton are quite a crowd. We are about 30 across the four years of the course (including those who study MMLL alongside Asian & Middle Eastern Languages, Latin or History), and very diverse. Students are encouraged to set up events; we once had a wonderful film club, and we are working on Seminars organised jointly with students of History.

Our teaching staff is composed of Dr Carmen Olmedilla-Herrero, expert Spanish linguist; Dr Juliette Fontaine, PhD in Political Sciences, who teaches French language, culture and civilisation, and Olivier Tonneau, who teaches French literature and is always happy to rant about Diderot, Robespierre and the French revolution. We are a friendly, supportive and dynamic group, and find confirmation of this in the steep improvement curve of students over the year, which see us reap between two and four First Class Final Honours every year.


At Cambridge

As a student of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics at Cambridge, you will embark on an incredibly rich journey. Besides perfecting your language skills, you will also discover the literature, philosophy, politics and history of the countries whose language you are studying. You will be able to progressively focus on your preferred topics: in the final year, students often write dissertations that read like research works. During your year abroad, you will have the opportunity to explore new environments and study original topics for your Year Abroad Project: for example, a recent submission was a memoir on “Graffiti culture in Toulouse”. In a word: the wealth, variety and flexibility of MMLL will enable you to follow your own aspirations while becoming an expert linguist.

How To Apply

The standard offer is A*AA at A-level (IB 40-42 points with 776 in Higher Level subjects, or the equivalent in other qualifying exams).

Homerton will ask for written work to be submitted in advance of interview (these should be ordinary school essays, already marked by your teachers). All applicants for MMLL 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 their language choices and some further ascertaining of existing abilities in a language 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.



The Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics 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.


Teaching Fellows and Staff

Other Teaching Staff

Juliette Fontaine