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Jake, 3rd Year

History and Modern Languages

The new joint degree in History and Modern Languages combines the best of both subjects. It offers the opportunity to develop near native-speaker skills in a foreign language while studying a range of papers relating to the culture and history of the relevant language area; options in some languages also include film and contemporary politics.

Students will also develop analytical skills in History through a wide range of topics in British, European, American and World history, as well as the history of political thought. There will be opportunities to work with historical sources in foreign languages. As for other language students, those who take this course will spend their third year studying or working abroad, thereby immersing themselves in the language, culture, history and politics of a foreign country.

For 2017 entry, the languages available for study will be French, German, Russian or Spanish. Russian may be learned from scratch or studied following on from an A-Level (or equivalent). French, German and Spanish will be post-A-Level (or equivalent) only.

Both faculties are regarded worldwide as leaders in their respective fields. The History Faculty is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and is consistently ranked as the best in research and teaching assessments. It has internationally recognised experts in all relevant fields of study. The Modern Languages Faculty is the largest in the United Kingdom and also consistently rated as one of the best. It offers an unrivalled range of courses taught by leading scholars. The library resources in Cambridge, which support teaching and research in both Faculties, are world-class; the University also has extensive collections of films in all relevant languages.

Admissions Information

Standard Offer:

A-level - A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 or 42 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.

Course Requirements:

For History: no specific subjects; A-level (or equivalent) History is highly desirable.

For MML: A-level (or equivalent in the relevant language (except Russian, which can be studied from scratch).

Course Outline: Further course details are available online.

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2017. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

For History: in advance of their interview, candidates will normally be sent a reading passage, which forms part of the discussion in one of the interviews.

For MML: if you wish to continue with a language you are already studying (for A-level or equivalent), you will be asked to read a passage (20-30 minutes prior to your interview) in this language and answer questions on it. Some portion of the interview will be conducted in the language concerned. For those who wish to study Russian ab initio, you may be asked to answer questions on a passage (given to applicants 20-30 minutes before the interview) in English.

Admissions Assessment:

For History: all applicants will take a pre-interview written assessment (comprehension and essay/text response element). Further information and a content specification for History are available online.

For MML: all applicants will take a written assessment (discursive response in both a Foreign Language and in English) at interview. Further information and a content specification for MML are available online.

Course Enquiries: Emmanuel Admissions Office

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