A brightly coloured Soviet propaganda poster from 1963


Our joint degree in History and Modern Languages combines the best of both subjects. It offers you the opportunity to develop near native-speaker skills in a foreign language while studying a range of papers relating to that language’s culture and history; options in some languages include film and contemporary politics. You will also develop analytical skills in History through a wide range of topics in British, European, American and World history, as well as the history of political thought. There will be opportunities to work with historical sources in foreign languages. As with other language students, you would spend your third year studying or working abroad, thereby immersing yourself in the language, culture, history and politics of a foreign country.

The languages available for study are:

  • French (post-A Level)
  • German (from scratch or post-A Level)
  • Italian (from scratch or post-A Level)
  • Portuguese (from scratch)
  • Russian (from scratch or post-A Level)
  • Spanish (from scratch or post-A Level)

Both faculties are regarded worldwide as leaders in their respective fields. The History Faculty is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and is consistently ranked as the best in research and teaching assessments. It has internationally recognised experts in all relevant fields of study. The Modern Languages Faculty is the largest in the United Kingdom and also consistently rated as one of the best. It offers an unrivalled range of courses taught by leading scholars. The library resources in Cambridge, which support teaching and research in both Faculties, are world-class; the University also has extensive collections of films in all relevant languages.

Further information and course details can be found on the course website.

History and Modern Languages at Churchill

With a wide range of academics spanning both disciplines, Churchill would be an excellent College for you to study History and Modern Languages. We are fortunate to have a strong group of Teaching Fellows in French, German, and Spanish, as well as regular native-speaker teachers. The Churchill Archives Centre holds the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Thatcher, and Sir John Major, together with a host of other politicians, civil servants, diplomats, military leaders and scientists of the twentieth century. While Churchill is well-known for being a college devoted to sciences, mathematics and engineering, 30% of our undergraduate students study arts and humanities subjects. As a History and Modern Language student here, you can expect to draw upon considerable strengths of expertise and experience in teaching and research.


For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office


Image: CCCP (Soviet) poster, 1963. Photo credit: Jorge Láscar