Faculty of History

History & Modern Languages

  • Director of Studies Dr Anjali Bhardwaj-Datta
  • Faculty Website

The joint degree in History & Modern Languages combines the best of both subjects, providing insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts. 

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History & Modern Languages at ҹѰ

This course, offered jointly by the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages 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.

You can find further information about studying History & Modern Languages on the University's course . Detailed information is also available on the Faculty's Prospective Undergraduates .

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will have a variety of relevant examination qualifications, though not necessarily in both languages and history; they will be expected to demonstrate an interest in both subjects and will be assessed on their potential to succeed in them. Applicants applying to take a language post-A-level require an A-level or an equivalent qualification in the relevant language. Please consult the University's for further information.


Applications to study History & Modern Languages at ҹѰ are submitted through UCAS. The College additionally requires the submission of written work, a separate written assessment and an online interview, as detailed below.

Written Work

Applicant are required to submit two pieces of written work by 2 November. This should be in a related discipline which the candidate is studying or has studied.  If you are applying for a post-A Level language, one piece of written work should be in the language you intend to study. For the March round, all applicants must submit their written work by 8 March.


Those interviewed will also sit a written assessment around the time of the interview. Further information about the written assessment can be found on our applying page.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December (or late March for those who apply in the March round). There will be one or two interviews (in total lasting 40-50 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom.

For more information about making an application, please visit our application webpages

You can also find useful information on our Application FAQs page.