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St Andrews has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in French, German, Italian, Russian and Hispanic Studies, and has now expanded its interests to include Arabic, Persian and Comparative Literature. With more than 40 research-active members of staff, the School represents one of the most dynamic groupings of Modern Languages scholars in the UK, boasting an exceptionally broad variety of research interests that range from the mediaeval period to the twenty-first century engaging with the cultures across the entire globe. We cover a wealth of disciplines including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender, and identity studies.

REF 2014 Results

In the recent UK-wide assessment of university research over 70% of the work in Modern Languages at St Andrews was rated world-leading and internationally excellent. We were also ranked first in Scotland on the quality of our publications.