Modern Languages

  • Top 10 in all major UK university league tables for the subject
  • Top 200 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2018
  • £1.1 million external research funding awarded over the past 3 years
  • MA Translation Studies taught by published literary translators, experienced practitioners and specialists in the use of computer-aided translation tools

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for teaching and research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Russian, Interdisciplinary Studies, Medieval Studies, Film Studies, and Sexuality and Gender Studies. We offer excellent MA programmes and boast a Foreign Language Centre with state-of-the-art language-learning facilities. 

Our wide range of research and teaching expertise spans the fields of literature, linguistics, film studies, history, philosophy, visual arts, sexuality and gender, from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as literary and applied translation. All teaching is directly related to our research. We attach particular importance to the quality of research supervision and training along with the integration of postgraduates into our academic and research community. Modern languages postgraduates benefit from the regular research seminars and scholars of international repute are frequent visitors.

Professor Adam Watt, Head of Modern Languages

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages. We are a large and welcoming community. Our innovative teaching will challenge and stimulate you across a range of languages and disciplinary areas, including literary studies, film and screen, translation studies, gender and identity, museum studies and art history and visual culture. Staff in Modern Languages research and teach languages and cultures from across the globe, from Europe to Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our MA programmes are taught by experts, whose enthusiasm, knowledge and innovative approaches will help push you beyond the base you have established in your undergraduate studies. Pursuing MA study in Modern Languages at Exeter will enhance your CV, develop a wide range of skills of communication, expression, critical thinking and analysis and will set you apart from the crowd, whatever career path you choose to pursue.

Professor Adam Watt, Head of Modern Languages