History and Modern Languages

The information below is provisional for entry in 2025.

Entry Details

  • Typical intake per year:  1

  • Minimum offer level
    A Level:  A*AA
    IB:  41-42 points with 776 at Higher Level

  • Subject requirements
    A Level:  In the language to be studied post-A Level
    IB:  Higher Level in the language to be studied post-IB Higher Level
    Evidence of language ability if applying to study a language from scratch

  • Useful preparation:  History, English, Mathematics. The majority of applicants will be studying A Level/IB Higher Level History, or equivalent.  If you are not taking History, but are able to demonstrate that you have developed other, equivalent skills by taking other relevant subjects, or through independent subject exploration, please contact us for advice.

  • Admissions assessment:  To be confirmed, see University admissions assessment pages

  • Submitted work:  Yes, required at Queens'

Course Details

The joint Honours 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, philosophy, linguistics and contemporary politics. Students will also develop analytical skills in History through choosing from a wide range of topics in British, European, American and World history, as well as the history of political thought. There are 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.

Information about the course structure, departmental teaching arrangements, offered topics and options can be found on the University of Cambridge website: History and Modern Languages Course Outline

Queens' has such a friendly and supportive atmosphere, so it is a great choice for HML as a subject which bridges the gap between two different disciplines. This means that I have two Directors of Studies to support and encourage me, and two sets of classmates who I can chat with and learn alongside!

History and Modern Languages at Queens'

Community is central to studying History and the History joint degrees at Queens'. Academic staff take a keen interest in students' progress and wellbeing and students are encouraged to support and learn from one another too. Queens’ has a thriving college history society, the Erasmus Society, which meets several times a term to listen to talks by historians and for social events.

From the first year onwards there are also classes and events to help with the transition from school to university, to support students' learning and develop their study skills, and to encourage discussion and debate about major themes in History.

History and Modern Languages come together to form one of the most diverse and engaging degrees you can study at Cambridge, and the support you'll get at Queens', from both the Fellows and the other historians and linguists, ensures you get the most out of that experience. Being able to pursue two subjects side by side with the wealth of resources, support and facilities that Queens’ and Cambridge have to offer is a unique experience.

Learning in small groups for language classes and supervisions helps you to really focus on any problems you have and make real and fast progress through the course. Having individual or small group supervisions helps you to form, reflect on and voice your own opinions and enhance your understanding through genuine discussion and enquiry.

Academic and Teaching Staff

  Dr Gareth Atkins, see also Dr Gareth Atkins | Faculty of History

  Dr Joseph Canning, see also Dr Joseph Canning | Faculty of History

  Professor Craig Muldrew, see also Professor Craig Muldrew | Faculty of History

  Professor Richard Rex, see also Professor Richard Rex | Faculty of Divinity

  Dr Andrew Thompson, see also Andrew Thompson | Faculty of History

  Professor Martin Crowley, see also Professor Martin Crowley | Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

  Professor Ioanna Sitaridou, see also Professor Ioanna Sitaridou | Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

Ms Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass | Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Dott. Claudia Domenici | Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

Ms Vera Tsareva-Brauner | Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

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