History and Modern Languages

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A joint honours course which provides students with the language abilities and historical awareness to develop a comprehensive understanding of foreign cultures and societies.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to History and Modern Languages.


Overview ๐Ÿ”— This is the History and Modern Languages section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website ๐Ÿ”— This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the cours structure ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ, which gives a general overview of what studying History and Modern Languages at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial Prospectus ๐Ÿ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; itโ€™s written based on studentsโ€™ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a History and Modern Languages student is like, compared to official materials.

More things to explore

Virtual Classroom ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ If you want to improve your skills in historical analysis, working through the exercises on the Cambridge University virtual classroom is also a good idea. It includes exercises aimed at improving your ability to engage with and respond to primary and secondary sources. Definitely worth a look, especially as sources can come up in interviews, and are the basis for the pre-interview assessment. The Virtual Classroom also includes suggested general reading from the History Faculty, and links to other useful resources.

University Language Centre ๐Ÿ”— Further language-learning resources are available on the Universityโ€™s Language Resource Centre website:

Application Resources

Reading Lists:
History ๐Ÿ”—
Modern Languages (Spanish and Portuguese) ๐Ÿ”—
These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take (the reading lists for other Modern Languages can be found on the same website). Donโ€™t be intimidated by how long they are; theyโ€™re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

InsideUni History and Modern Languages interview experiences ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. Weโ€™re biased, but we think theyโ€™re useful!