We are proud to say that we know all our undergraduate and postgraduate students by name and take pride in our strong sense of community. Although our networks are international, our approach to students is personal.
This fosters a learning environment in which all students are encouraged to fulfil their true potential.
The School is a thriving teaching and research unit with a dynamic community. Employability skills and intellectual challenge are at the core of all our programmes. The modern spoken and written language is central to our curriculum – you will learn to excel in communication in a variety of ways.
As a School of Modern Languages, the international dimension to our work is crucial.
For students of French, Spanish and Portuguese, this means a substantial period abroad as part of their degree programme, whether in Europe on an Erasmus placement or much further afield.
In Translation and Interpreting, we attract many international students to Queen's, particularly to join our growing postgraduate community.
For staff, 'international' means building research partnerships around the world.
The School is home to four interdisciplinary research Fora - the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Latin-American Studies Forum, the Postcolonial Research Forum and Translation and Cultural Encounter. It also supports the student-led Interdisciplinary Linguistics Group (ILinG).
Please browse these pages to discover more about the School, our staff, our teaching and research, and the unique student experience we offer.
You might also find it useful to view the School Handbook for 2014-2015.
The degrees we offer are centred around four languages - French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese - which can be combined with a wide range of other subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.
Not every Modern Languages graduate will want to become a teacher, a translator or an interpreter.
Our graduates go into a range of jobs:
The French and Spanish societies enjoy cheese and wine nights, inter-cambio events and organise the Modern Languages formal.
An Cumann Gaelach organises events and trips so you can meet Irish-speaking students across the university.
We have a purpose-designed student common room – there you’ll have opportunities to chat with other students and staff informally.
We organise visits to museums, galleries and the cinema and generally encourage student involvement in all cultural events, such as the 2014 French Literary Festival.
School of Modern Languages
Head of School: Professor Janice Carruthers
Director of Education: Dr Fiona Clark
Director of Research: Professor Micheal O'Mainnin
Disability Officer: Ms Deirdre McCrory
School Manager: Ms Deirdre McCrory
School Secretary: Ms Lorraine Browne
First Aid Officers
Dr Fiona Clark: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3181, Room 104, first floor, 8 University Square