Clare College Cambridge

Modern and Medieval Languages


Number of students per year: 9-10
Typical offer: A*AA or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: All applicants must be studying at least one language at A-level or equivalent
Written assessment: Applicants are required to take a 60-minute at-interview assessment.


Clare College has the largest dedicated Modern and Medieval Languages fellowship in Cambridge. MML at Clare is a close, vibrant community with the resources to offer individually tailored academic guidance and support throughout your degree. We oversee teaching in all the languages offered by the MML Faculty, as well as the established combinations with Classical Latin or Greek and Middle-Eastern languages. We also support students who in their final year choose to take papers in subjects from other Faculties (such as History, Philosophy, English).

Details the languages and courses offered in Cambridge can be found on the MMLL Faculty website, including advice and information specifically for prospective students.



Link to University Subject Page

Link to new joint History and Modern Languages Tripos


Directors of Studies and Fellows in MML


Dr Timothy Chesters, University Lecturer in Sixteenth-Century French Studies. Tim has published on ghosts, demons and witchcraft in Renaissance French writing, as well as on nineteenth-century views of the Renaissance.


Dr Helena Sanson, Reader in Italian Language, Literature and Culture. Helena's main areas of interest are the history of the Italian language, the history of linguistic thought and history of women in Italy from the Renaissance to the post-Unification period.


Professor Simon Franklin, Professor of Slavonic Studies. He has written on Russian history and culture of all periods, but his principal research interests are in the medieval era.

Dr Alyson Tapp, University Lecturer in Russian Literature. Alyson works on Russian literature of the 19th century, especially history and theory of the novel.


Professor Alison Sinclair, Emeritus Professor of Modern Spanish Literature and Intellectual History. She works on modern Spanish and comparative literature, with special emphasis on a psychoanalytic approach, and more recently has been working on 19c Spanish street literature.

Dr Rodrigo Cacho, Reader in Spanish Golden Age and Colonial Studies. Rodrigo’s main interests are the 16th and 17th centuries, looking both at European and Spanish-American literatures and cultures.


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. Our External Director of Studies in Linguistics is Dr Kirsty McDougall.


Student Profiles: Edward Mills Jessica Lindley