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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

Students will offer:

One History Outline paper, to be chosen from:

  • Outline 1 - Ancient and Medieval States and Societies over the First Millennium
  • Outline 2 - The British Isles in the Middle Ages, c. 800 to c. 1500
  • Outline 3 - Later Medieval Europe
  • Outline 4 - Early Modern Britain
  • Outline 5 - Europe in the World, ca 1450-1780
  • Outline 6 - Global Eighteenth Century
  • Outline 7 - Modern Britain and Ireland, 1750-Present
  • Outline 8 - Modern Europe, 1789-1914
  • Outline 9 - North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, 1775-Present
  • Outline 10 - The Global South From 1750 to the Present Day
  • Outline 11 - The Twentieth-Century World

Introduction to Historical Thinking. You can find more information about IHT on the Faculty of History page (scroll down to 'Explore Part IA'). 

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

Part IB

Part IB is the second year of the HML course. In order to be eligible to take Part IB, a candidate must have passed Part IA of the HML Tripos or Part IA of the MML Tripos, or obtained honours in another Honours Examination in the previous year and obtained prior approval from the Chair of the HML Management Committee. Optional papers taken for Part IB may not be repeated at Part II level, although they may provide the subject area for the Year Abroad Project.

In the second year, students will offer:

  • The core language papers in their chosen language
  • One paper from the specified Modern Languages range.
  • One Topic Paper in History. 
  • One further specified paper from Modern Languages or one History Research Project

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.

All HML students must choose one History Topic Paper. Those wishing to do a second History paper must take a Research Project. For full details of the Topic Papers and Research Projects on offer see the list on the Faculty of History's website (scroll down to 'Explore Part IB'). 

Part II

During their Year Abroad in the third year, students prepare a Year Abroad Project which is assessed at Part II.

Students will also take an Oral exam at the beginning of the fourth year; these are normally held on the Thursday and Friday before full Michaelmas Term. Read more about the Oral C exam.

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

The two core language courses:

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

  • one History paper, and two MMLL papers;
  • two History papers and one MMLL paper;
  • one History paper, one MMLL paper and an HML Dissertation.

List of MMLL papers you can choose (with the exception of Linguistics papers)

List of History papers you can choose (scroll down to 'Explore Part II'). 

You can choose from the whole range listed as Advanced Topics and Special Subjects. But please note that if you choose a Special Subject:

  • it will count as one paper, and you can take either the written (gobbets) exam (Paper 3) or 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 the Advanced Topics. 

Students can also opt to offer an HML Optional Dissertation instead of a scheduled paper; please see our Dissertation Guidance here on the Moodle page.

The word count for the Dissertation is 10,000 words.