About the school

Welcome to the School of Modern Languages, one of the largest centres for language studies in the UK. Our School was ranked 4th in the UK for research in REF 2021 and our outstanding researchers deliver world-class education in all of our disciplines. Our students benefit from our globally-engaged, multidisciplinary programs and our highly welcoming environment

Professor Natalie Edwards, Head of School

The School of Modern Languages is proud to offer world-class undergraduate and postgraduate courses in French; German; Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (including Catalan); Italian; Russian and Czech; Comparative Literatures and Cultures; and Translation Studies.  Degrees are flexible and multidisciplinary, catering to the interests of the individual. Students can deepen their existing linguistic knowledge or take on a new language while studying a wide range of topics including literature, society, civilisation and culture. In all cases, a language degree at Bristol involves much more than just learning a language.

The school is recognised for its friendly, close-knit community. It has a long-established reputation for innovative teaching and excellent research, and attracts high calibre staff and students to each of its five departments. Learning extends well beyond the classroom, through cultural weeks, seminars and extra-curricular activities. The school offers a well-organised and extremely varied Year Abroad programme for third year undergraduates, with students travelling as far afield as Haiti, Argentina, Mexico, French Guiana, or Kazakhstan. Combined with access to cutting-edge facilities such as the Multimedia Centre and the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, this makes the School of Modern Languages one of the leading centres for language studies in the UK.

Natalie Edwards, Head of School
School of Modern Languages with Senate House in the background
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