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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

History and Modern Languages Tripos

The History and Modern Languages Tripos consists of three Parts: Part IA, Part IB and Part II.

Part IA

Students will offer:

Two History papers, to be chosen from:

  • Paper 12 - European history, 776 BC - AD 69
  • Paper 13 - European history, 31 BC - AD 900
  • Paper 14 - European history, c. 900 - c. 1450
  • Paper 16 - European history, 1450 - 1760
  • Paper 17 - European history, 1715 - 1890
  • Paper 18 - European history, since 1890
  • Paper 19 - History of political thought to c. 1700
  • Paper 20 - History of political thought from c. 1700 to c. 1890
  • Paper 21 - Empires and world history from the fifteenth century to the First World War
  • Paper 23 - World History since 1914

For their language courses, students will take one of the following options:

Part IB

In the second year, students will offer:

  • The core language papers in their chosen language
  • One paper from the specified Modern Languages range
  • One paper from the specified History range
  • One further specialist paper from either Modern Languages or History

The core language papers offered for the chosen language option will be:

The specified range of Modern Languages papers, from which the student will offer either one or two papers, is listed below. Students may only offer one of the "Introduction to the language and culture..." papers (those identified with an asterisk *). Papers with a dagger symbol (†) are available for examination by Long Essay. Papers with a hash symbol (#) at the end of the title have managed numbers.

The specified range of History papers, from which the student will offer either one or two papers, will be:

  • Paper 12 - European history, 776 BC - AD 69
  • Paper 13 - European history, 31 BC - AD 900
  • Paper 14 - European history, c. 900 - c. 1450
  • Paper 16 - European history, 1450 - 1760
  • Paper 17 - European history, 1715 - 1890
  • Paper 18 - European history, since 1890
  • Paper 19 - History of political thought to c. 1700
  • Paper 20 - History of political thought from c. 1700 to c. 1890
  • Paper 21 - Empires and world history from the fifteenth century to the First World War
  • Paper 23 - World History since 1914

Part II

During their Year Abroad students prepare a Year Abroad Project which is assessed at Part II https://www.mmll.cam.ac.uk/ya 

In addition, in the fourth year, students will offer:

The two core language courses: 

And choose 3 other papers, in one of the following combinations:

  • one History paper, and two MML papers;
  • two History papers and one MML paper;
  • one History paper, one MML paper and a dissertation.

The list of MML papers you can choose from is here:

   https://www.mmll.cam.ac.uk/mml/ii

The list of History papers you can choose is here:

   https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/hist-tripos/part-ii/papers-for-2020-2021

You can choose from the whole range listed in Sections B, C, or D.  But please note that if you choose a Special Subject:

it will count as one paper, and you will take the written (gobbets) exam (Paper 3), and not write a Long Essay (Paper 2);

you can only take one Special Subject paper. If you wish to do a second History paper, it must be selected from Sections C or D.

Students can also opt to offer a Dissertation instead of a scheduled paper, please see our Dissertation Guidance here: https://www.mmll.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.mmll.cam.ac.uk/files/hml_part_ii_dissertation_handbook_final_9_june_2020.pdf 

For 2020-21 the word count for the dissertation will be 10-15,000 words. 

From 2021 the word count will be 10,000