Who we are today and what we do

A warm welcome to SELCS/CMII

The School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) is the largest and most diverse language department in the UK. We currently have over 1200 students enrolled on our wide portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate-taught and postgraduate-research programmes.

Our strength lies in our diversity: we provide world-class expertise in the widest range of European languages across the UK Modern and Medieval languages curriculum and across a unique range of disciplines and programmes. At undergraduate level, we offer programmes in eleven languages (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Old Norse, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish), a flexible BA Language and Culture and a unique programme in Comparative Literature with a language. We are also the only department in England to offer both an MSc and an MA in Translation. Postgraduate modules in our Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS) encompass translation theory and history, literary and theatre translation, audio-visual translation (subtitling, voiceover, dubbing), medical, technical and scientific translation, crisis translation, translation technology and automation, interpreting, audio description, and subtitling and captioning for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. CenTraS is also renowned for its world-leading expertise in translation technology and works closely with industry partners to ensure that its programmes reflect the latest technology and machine translation developments.

In addition to our language tuition and research, we are a thriving centre of multidisciplinary research. At undergraduate level, in addition to our language-specific modules, we offer a wide variety of non-language-specific and intercultural European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) modules. These are mirrored at postgraduate level by our wide range of MA and MSc programmes in Comparative Literature, Early Modern Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, Gender Society & Representation, Health Humanities & Philosophy, Politics & Economics of Health, Language, Culture & History, and Translation Studies.

These programmes, housed in our postgraduate Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) serve to consolidate our interdisciplinary research strengths through a portfolio of long-standing, successful graduate programmes, collaborative doctoral supervision and corresponding research partnerships. Diversity, multi-disciplinarity and globality are thus central to our research activities and to our working environment.