History and Modern LanguagesUniversity of Cambridge
Price on request
- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (England)
What you'll learn on the course
Skills and Training
You should indicate in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) which language you’re interested in studying with History.
Teaching is provided through lectures, intensive language classes, and College supervisions. Language training is at a level equivalent to specialist language courses. You can typically expect around 10 hours of teaching and supervision each week. Students also usually produce three 2,000 word essays and two to three additional language assignments each fortnight.
You’re assessed at the end of every year through written exams (each usually around three hours), plus oral examination in your chosen language. In the final year, you can substitute one paper for a dissertation.Year 1 (Part IA)
In Year 1, all students take:
- core papers in your chosen language, including writing, translation and oral skills
- a further paper exploring cultural topics of your chosen language
- two history papers from a broad variety covering different periods of European and world history and political thought
You take core papers in your chosen language to hone your skills in preparation for the year abroad. You also select one paper each from a wide range available in your chosen language (on a literary, historical, cultural or linguistic topic) and history, plus one further specialist paper from either subject. For some language papers, it’s possible to submit two essays of 3,500-4,000 words each instead of taking a written exam.Years 3 and 4 (Part II) Year 3
You spend the third year abroad, immersing yourself in the language, culture and politics of your chosen language area. During the year, you write a project of 8,000 words on a topic relating to the culture, thought, history or politics of that country.
Shortly before the start of Year 4, you take an oral examination in Cambridge. Both elements (the project and oral examination) contribute to your final mark.Year 4
You take two core language papers, and one from a range of historical and cultural topics related to your language. You also choose a history paper from a wide range offered, each of which focuses on a particular period, region or theme. For your final paper you can take a further specialist paper from either subject.
With the exception of the core language papers, you can substitute one of your other Year 4 papers with a 10,000 word dissertation.
For further information about studying History and Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge see the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages website.