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Individualised learning

Small seminar group in Department of Modern Languages and European Studies

We are a friendly department where staff get to know students as individuals, and help them to really make the most of their degree. The considerable choice and flexibility we offer allows our students to tailor their learning to their interests and strengths. Our students benefit from:


We offer a considerable range of joint degree programmes, several of which are unique to Reading. Find out more about the 40+ joint degrees involving languages that we offer.


A wide range of research inspired optional modules available on a variety of topics (e.g. linguistics, history, politics, film, literature). We encourage our students to try out many different and new types of approach and subjects, and give them freedom to pursue those aspects they most enjoy and excel at. Find out more about the range of topics you can study with us in , FrenchGerman and Italian.

Small group teaching

Typically our seminar groups involve between 8 and 12 students. This is essential for language learning, as it allows students to really put their learning into practice. In culture modules this makes for lively discussions where students can explore their ideas and develop their presentation skills.

Research opportunities

Our students have lots of possibilities to develop individual research interests in their modules, and when they are studying for their dissertation. As well as a well-stocked library with extensive holdings in a wide variety of subjects, we also have unique archives related to Modern Languages and European Studies to enrich students' studies, including the East German archive and the .

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