Modern and Medieval Languages

Number of students per year: 9 - 10 

Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent.

Essential subjects: A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent in at least one of the languages you want to study. All students study two languages, one of which can be learnt from scratch.

(Please note that for combinations including French or Latin, you must be studying these languages at A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent.)

Useful subjects: Essay-based subjects such as History or English Literature may be good preparation for the Modern and Medieval Languages degree.

Modern and Medieval Languages at Clare 

If you are admitted to Clare you will be joining a large, vibrant and supportive community of modern linguists. 

The college has a tradition of strength in the subject, boasting an unusually large number of Modern Languages Fellows (in French, Spanish, Italian and Russian). This means that unlike many other Cambridge colleges we are normally able to provide most of our students teaching ‘in house’, especially during the foundational first year. 

Our college library is well stocked with MML resources, and our dedicated and experienced fellows are ideally placed to support you through every stage of your degree, from arrival as freshers, during the Year Abroad, and all the way through to graduation. 

Please note 


Please note that we do accept students to study German and we have established relationships with members of teaching staff at other Colleges who teach our first-year Germanists.


Linguistics can be studied as papers within the MML Tripos or as an independent subject through the Linguistics Tripos. 

Key People


Professor Timothy Chesters

University Senior Lecturer in Sixteenth-Century French Studies

Dr Chesters is a specialist in sixteenth-century French literature and thought. He is the author of Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France: Walking by Night (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as of a number of articles on early modern French demonology, Ronsard, and Montaigne.

Other research interests and publications bear on attitudes to the French Renaissance among nineteenth-century writers and thinkers (with a particular emphasis on Flaubert), and on cognitive approaches to literature, especially in Renaissance contexts. He has reviewed for French Studies, Modern Language Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.