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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Courses: History and Modern Languages


The History and Modern Languages course provides insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts. This exciting four-year Honours degree, offered jointly by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics and the Faculty of History, encompasses intensive study in language, culture, film, as well as a wide variety of British, European and world history. Like other language students, you spend the third year abroad – studying or working in a foreign country, and immersing yourself in the language, culture and history. History courses allow you to develop critical skills in analysis, research, presentation, and writing.

When you graduate, you’ll have near native-speaker skills in your language and a deep knowledge and understanding of the regions in which that language is used. You’ll also have a deep immersion in the discipline and craft of history and a deep understanding of the many forces that have shaped the past and present.

Course structure

The course lasts four years and is split into three Parts: Part IA in the first year, Part IB in the second year, and Part II in years three and four. The languages that can be studied alongside History are:

  • Post A Level:
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Ab initio:
    • German
    • Italian
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Spanish

Details of the structure of the course can be found here.


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Graduates will possess skills that will appeal to a wide range of employers. You'll have gained written and verbal fluency in a second language and experience of living abroad; which are highly sought-after transferrable skills. You will possess a wide-ranging knowledge of history, European and beyond, as well as a range of skills in reading critically, dealing with information, working independently and with others, and speaking and writing with clarity.


Note on applications:

Students applying for joint honours courses may be offered places for single honours courses after interview.





See the course entry in the prospectus









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