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About Us

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.

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Language and employability are at the heart of the School

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.

An international approach to study…

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. 

Top 5 Modern Language School in the UK

Top 3 in the UK for research intensity

…and a global approach to research

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.

Our degrees

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. 

Hear from one of our graduates

BA Spanish and Portuguese graduate Laura Connolly explains how her degree from the School set her on the path to international career success.

National Student Survey 2014 – what our students said

  • 100% of students agreed that ‘Staff are good at explaining things’
  • 100% of students said that ‘Staff have made the subject interesting’
  • 94 % of students said that ‘Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand’   

World-class research

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Languages provide great career opportunities

Not every Modern Languages graduate will want to become a teacher, a translator or an interpreter.

Our graduates go into a range of jobs:

  • advertising
  • banking & finance
  • broadcasting & publishing
  • marketing & PR
  • translation
  • human resources
  • teaching
  • community development
  • civil & diplomatic service

What else is great about studying with us?

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.

Study at the School

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Contact details

School of Modern Languages                                              
7 and 8 University Square
Queen's University Belfast 
Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 9097 1179/028 9097 5365
7 University Square is open at lunchtime
(on the occasion where this has to be closed eg staff training, 8 University Square will be open for enquiries)

Head of School: Professor Janice Carruthers
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5363  E-mail: 

Director of Education: Dr Fiona Clark
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3181  E-mail:    

Director of Research: Professor Micheal O'Mainnin
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3717  E-mail:

Disability Officer:  Ms Deirdre McCrory
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3140

School Manager: Ms Deirdre McCrory
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3140   E-mail:

School Secretary: Ms Lorraine Browne
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5363   Fax: +44 (0) 28 90975345 E-mail:

First Aid Officers

Dr Fiona Clark: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3181, Room 104, first floor, 8 University Square
Dr Claire Moran: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3147.  Room 301, third floor, 11 University Square
Ms Deirdre McCrory: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3140.  Room G01, ground floor, 9 University Square