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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Modern and Medieval Languages

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Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) at Cambridge is a hugely flexible four-year course, offering a broad and multifaceted approach to the study of language and culture which incorporates literature, linguistics, history, thought, film and art.  Students study two out of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Alternatively, you can combine any of these with either Classical Latin or Classical Greek. One of the languages chosen can be learnt from scratch (the exceptions being French and Latin, for which A Level/IB Higher Level standard is required).  In their third year, students spend at least eight months abroad, during which time they prepare either a project dissertation, a translation project or a linguistics project. Further information about the course can be found on the University website

MML at Murray Edwards College

At Murray Edwards, we aim to admit seven or eight undergraduate students and three or four Erasmus exchange students in MML each year. Our vibrant community also includes around three postgraduate students. We have a student-run society, the Gabe Society, which hosts an annual dinner to foster bonds between undergraduate and postgraduate students and Fellows, as well as giving final year students an opportunity to present their dissertations and Year Abroad Projects. Our Fellows also organise occasional events, such as poetry readings and wine tasting, which complement the MML course. MML students make good use of the travel funding available in College. In recent years, students have received funding for a wide range of activities including language and cultural courses in Russia, internships in Belgium, France and China as well as volunteering with a women’s charity in Argentina. 

Typical offer
A Level: A*AA 
IB: 42, 776 

Required subjects
A Level: A Level in at least one of the languages to be studied
IB: IB Higher Level in at least one of the languages to be studied

Admissions Assessment
All applicants for MML are required to take a written assessment if shortlisted for interview.  You will not need to register in advance for this assessment and the College will provide details directly to you.

Written work
Applicants to all Colleges are required to submit two pieces of written work prior to interview. These should be recent examples of writing completed for school, one of which should be in one of the languages you intend to study at University.

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