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Modern and Medieval Languages at Sidney

Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge

The Modern Languages Tripos is perhaps one of the most interdisciplinary and flexible courses offered at Cambridge, with the opportunity for students not just to acquire extremely high-level language skills, but also to broaden their knowledge in a range of other subjects such as art, literature, film, politics, and history. Sidney students in particular are encouraged to take advantage of such opportunities – alongside an in-depth study of two major foreign languages, recent students have studied options in Polish, Slavonic, Ukrainian, Catalan, and Latin American Politics, to name a few.

Modern and Medieval Languages at Sidney

Sidney linguists benefit from a particularly wide-ranging Fellowship. Staff-student relations are notably friendly, with a whole host of events and activities providing students and Fellows alike with opportunities to mix more informally.


Directors of Studies (DoS) and Fellows

Dr Stanley Bill is Lecturer in Polish Studies at the Department of Slavonic Studies. He works largely on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in religion, secularization theory and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural history. He has written on Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, postcolonial theory in the Polish context, as well as on religious problems in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Mrs Natasha Franklin is Director of Studies for Part I (years 1 and 2). She is a Senior Language Teaching Officer in the Department of Slavonic Studies, and teaches Russian language. Her particular interests include Russian grammar, non-standard Russian, ab initio language teaching, and language acquisition through translation into the target language.

Dr Maria Noriega-Sanchez is a native speaker of Spanish and Director of Studies for the year abroad (year 3) and Part II (year 4). She is a Language Teaching Officer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and her research interests lie in language learning and teaching, comparative literature and literary translation.


Dr Peter Collier

Professor H B Nisbet

Bye Fellows

Dr Emma Gilby (University Lecturer in French) works on French thought and literature of the early modern period (especially the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of their subject. From time to time, individual teaching staff may be away on leave.

Typical Intake

6 - 8

Standard Entry Requirements

A*AA at A Level

40-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level

Please see the University website for standard entry requirements in other qualifications.

Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.

All Colleges require A Level/IB Higher Level in at least one of the languages you want to study. Students may choose to study two languages post-A Level, or one post-A Level and one from scratch (ab initio).

Admissions Process

Written work

Two essays, at least one to be written in the target language. We will send out more specific information about what is required after the UCAS deadline.

Admissions Assessments

One-hour at-interview assessment, comprising: Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes), Discursive response in English (20 minutes). Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.


Two interviews.  These will each focus on one of your chosen languages, and there will be a short passage to read for 15 minutes before each interview. For languages studied at A-level, the passage will be in the target language, and you will be expected to speak in the language for part (but not all) of the interview. For ab initio languages, the passage will be in English.

Find out more

MML Faculty website

University website MML course page

The Faculty prospectus has information from the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages.

Skype interviews may be considered for international applicants on a case-by-case basis in certain subjects. If you wish to enquire further, please contact the Admissions Office (