Trinity College has the world's oldest tradition of modern language studies, with chairs dating back to 1776. Today, the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies combines the strengths of this tradition with a range of modern approaches to the critical study of languages and their cultures and societies in a group of established Departments which between them teach ten different languages at postgraduate level.
The School's research in literary, language and cultural studies ranges from the medieval to the very contemporary. Well-qualified research students are welcomed in all Departments within the School; enquiries for M.Litt. or Ph.D. research should be made in the first instance to the Department or Centre concerned. In addition, a cluster of innovative taught postgraduate degrees offers a broad range of possibilities, leading to research or to professional practice in areas of language, literature and cultural life.
The School's international research and postgraduate culture is strengthened by formal and informal links with universities in Europe and beyond.
There are seven academic units within the School:
the Centre for European Studies
the Department of French
the Department of Germanic Studies
the Department of Hispanic Studies
the Department of Irish & Celtic Languages
the Department of Italian
the Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies
At postgraduate level, courses are also offered directly by the School or by specialist units such as the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.