- Typical intake per year: 6
- Typical offer: A*AA for A Level or 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for IB
- Required subjects: A Level/IB Higher Level in at least one of the languages you wish to study
- Admissions assessment: Yes, required at Queens' - a Cambridge College Registered Assessment
- Submitted work: Yes, required at Queens'
The Cambridge Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) course is hugely flexible and offers a broad and multifaceted approach to the study of language and culture. Studying MML will give you the opportunity to become fluent in at least two languages; you will only need to have studied one of them to A Level/IB Higher Level or equivalent, and so will have the opportunity of learning from scratch the other main language you choose (plus others from scratch, if you want to). The course allows you to learn a great deal about the parts of the world in which your languages are spoken, whether in Europe, the Americas, Africa, or Asia, including their culture, history, cinema, literature, art, politics, philosophy, values and ideas. You can choose to study linguistics within the MML course, and will also have the chance to include within your course other subjects taught at the University of Cambridge. Overall, you will decide what to focus on, tailoring the course to your interests.
All students get first-hand experience of one or two countries by spending their third year working and/or studying abroad.
Information about the course structure, departmental teaching arrangements, offered topics and options can be found on the University of Cambridge website: Modern and Medieval Languages Course Outline
MML at Queens'
Studying MML at Queens’ has taught me to embrace the notion of never knowing enough and always striving to know more!
In the first year, students will receive approximately three College Supervisions, three University language classes, and four University lectures per week.
Queens’ MML applicants are encouraged to take a gap year between school and university, where possible, and to use this time to travel or work abroad. Experience suggests that this can prove very beneficial in terms of both language skills and cultural awareness. Candidates choosing not to take a gap year are in no way at a disadvantage in the application process, however.
Academic and Teaching Staff
I love doing MML at Queens’ especially as we have great conversational classes with native speakers which is so helpful for my language skills. Our Director of Studies (Martin Crowley) is extremely friendly and is always happy to help, from timetable management to trips away in the holidays. There is a great group of people studying MML and I wouldn’t do any other subject!