History and Modern Languages

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

   
   

History and Modern Languages at Cambridge

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 (2018 entry) are:

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 here, you can expect to draw upon considerable strengths of expertise and experience in teaching and research. 

Admissions

If you have a strong academic track record, a keen intellectual interest in both History and Modern Languages, and are ready for new challenges at university level, we are looking for students like you.

Subject pre-requisites

You will be expected to demonstrate an interest in both subjects and will be assessed on your potential to succeed in them. However, you do not necessarily have to be qualified in both languages and History, and applicants present a variety of relevant examinations. 

Essential

Highly desirable/useful

A Level/IB Higher Level in the target language,
unless the language is to be studied from scratch.
For a language from scratch, evidence of language ability is required.
A Level/IB Higher Level History

Standard entry requirements

Written assessments

Cambridge University uses a system of common format written assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. For more information about written assessments in this subject, click on::

Written assessments

Written work

You will be asked to submit examples of recent teacher-marked work, including one essay in each of the languages studied at A Level (or equivalent) and one essay written in English from History A Level (or equivalent). If your current studies do not include History A Level (or equivalent), please submit an essay written in English, ideally relating to a historical topic. If you are an ab initio applicant for German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish, and your current studies do not include a language at A Level (or equivalent), please submit an essay showing evidence of ability in a second language.

Interviews

If called, you will normally have two interviews: one in each subject. Your should be prepared to discuss your relevant interests and potential directions you may wish to follow. 

 

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