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Classics and Modern Languages

The course involves extensive study of major literary texts, alongside training in linguistic skills.

Oxford has the largest Classics department in the world, with unparalleled teaching, library and museum resources and a range of extracurricular activities, including performances of Greek plays and various societies.

The Modern Languages Faculty is one of the largest in the country, with a major research library (the Taylorian) and a modern, well-equipped Language Centre fitted with satellite and computer-assisted language learning facilities. Undergraduates also develop oral proficiency in the modern language by regular contact with native speakers.

Graduates in Classics and Modern Languages go on to careers including the media, teaching, acting, management, advertising and librarianship. Knowledge of a modern language opens up opportunities for internationally-focused careers or careers with international companies or organisations. The Languages Work website has further information about careers using languages website.

Recent Classics and Modern Languages graduates include an investment manager, a trainee solicitor, and a linguist.

Admission Criteria

All candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT) and the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Written work is also required. The standard offer is AAA at A Level or equivalent. More information about admission requirements for the course can be found on the University website.

Number of places

Usually 1

Departments

Faculty of Classics

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Teaching Staff

Organising Tutor
Professor Annette Volfing

Knight Fellow & Tutor in Modern Languages

Organising Tutor
Professor Bruno Currie

Mason Monro Fellow in Classics | Professor of Greek Literature

Dr Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Fellow & Tutor in Linguistics & Spanish

Dr Alessandra Aloisi

College Lecturer in French

Dr Cécile Bishop

Kelleher Fellow in French | Associate Professor of Post-Colonial Francophone Literatures & Cultures

Mrs Stefanie Burkert-Burrows

College Lecturer in German

Dr Luca Castagnoli

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Clarendon Fellow in Ancient Greek Philosophy | Tutor in Philosophy & Classics

Dr Panayiotis Christoforou

College Lecturer in Ancient History

Dr Marie Kawthar Daouda

College Lecturer in French | Visiting Students Coordinator

Dr Tristan Franklinos

College Lecturer in Classics | Dean of Degrees

Dr Guadalupe Gerardi

College Lecturer in Spanish

Dr Ole Hinz

German Lektor

Miss Charis Jo

Graduate Teaching & Research Scholar in Classics

Mrs Juliane Kerkhecker

Grocyn Lecturer | Fellow & Tutor in Classics | Senior Dean | Steward of the Common Room

Professor Katrin Kohl

College Lecturer in German

Dr Katherine New

College Lecturer in Russian Literature & Language

Ms Cécile Varry

College Lecturer in French

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