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Languages and literature

English Language and Literature

'Studying English Literature means being curious about all kinds of things, like history, philosophy, psychology, politics, aesthetics. It starts from detailed literary analysis, and expands to ask much bigger questions about who we are and how we experience and represent our selves, our world, and each other.'

English Language and Literature tutor

English can be studied on its own or as part of one of the following joint degrees:


Study the literature, history, philosophy, languages and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

'It allowed me to continue to be a literary critic, read great literature, develop as a linguist and increasingly to enjoy the challenge of reconstructing and interrogating a vanished but still-present society.'

Classics tutor

Classics can be studied on its own or as part of one of the following joint degrees:

European and Middle Eastern Languages

Combine a modern European language with Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish.

'One day you might be studying literature, the next day you might be studying philosophy. You can also look at history - languages are a vehicle for the exploration of many different fields.'

European and Middle Eastern Languages student

Modern Languages

'Choosing to read Modern Languages is a decision I have never regretted. It is enormous fun and incredibly varied. At Oxford, studying a language is more than just grammar: it also involves the study of literature, cinema, linguistics, and exploring the country’s history through all these elements. Moreover, the year abroad is just too good an opportunity to miss, and it will place you ahead of many of your peers when it comes to job searching later.'

Modern Languages student

Modern Languages can be studied on its own or as part of one of the following joint degrees:

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Study the language, literature, history and culture of an Asian or Middle Eastern civilisation.

'I was really keen on languages at school - I’d learnt French and Latin and a bit of Hindi before and I was really keen to keep doing that but still learn about stuff like history, politics, archaeology, all kinds of different things in the humanities that studying [Asian and Middle Eastern Studies], or any language in fact, gives you the chance to do.'

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies student

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies can be studied on its own or as part of one of the following joint degrees:

Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics

Linguistics is the study of language itself. In this course you can combine it with psychology, philosophy, or both.

'I love that our work challenges us in a number of disciplines… I feel I have learned to debate and communicate in different ways as a result of this. We study the human mind, a fascinating and elusive subject, and employing a variety of approaches to do this leads to a highly engaging course.'

PPL student