Modern Languages and Linguistics

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In your study of linguistics, you will be introduced to the analysis of the nature and structure of human language, which can then be applied to the study of your chosen language.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Modern Languages and Linguistics.


Overview ๐Ÿ”— This is the official course overview on the University of Oxford website, which includes course structure, entry requirements and more.

Information from the Faculty ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ The Modern & Medieval Languages Faculty website has a more detailed course overview, as well as lots of useful application information.

Alternative Prospectus ๐Ÿ”— The Oxford Student Union website includes guides to each course, written entirely by students. Expect favourite moments from their degrees, books theyโ€™ve loved, and what interviews are really like!

More things to explore

Course finder ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Click โ€˜Linguisticsโ€™ from the checkboxes to see all the languages that are offered with Linguistics, and at which colleges.

Colleges offering MLL ๐Ÿ”— Check here which colleges offer MLL - as not all of them do!

Application Resources

Linguistics Reading List ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ This is the reading list for the papers that first-years take. Donโ€™t be intimidated by how long it is; the texts are intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly, no one reads everything anyway. The second and fourth year reading lists are also available here ๐Ÿ”—.

Spanish Reading List ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ The same applies - you're definitely not expected to have read everything before you arrive! Reading lists for all other Modern Languages can be found on the website.

FAQ ๐Ÿ”— Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) information ๐Ÿ”— All candidates must take the MLAT as part of their application - find out more information here.

Official interview advice ๐Ÿ”— This resource from the University of Oxford website includes general information and advice about interviews, but it also includes some sample questions which are specific to each subject. Remember, these exact questions will almost definitely not be askedโ€“ but they can help you practice thinking in a new way about your subject.

InsideUni Modern Languages and Linguistics interview experiences ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. Weโ€™re biased, but we think theyโ€™re useful!