History and Modern Languages

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Studying History and Modern Languages at Oxford gives you the opportunity to study history, literature, and language all in one course.

Course Resources

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


Overview πŸ”— 🌟 A comprehensive overview of the course with an outline of its structure, entry requirements, and more.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— An overview written by students on the History and Modern Languages course.

Course overview and breakdown from the History Faculty πŸ”— 🌟 This gives a breakdown of what you will study in Year 1 (Prelims) and Years 2, 3 & 4 (Final Honours School), as well as what papers you can choose, oral examination, and a bridge essay.

More things to explore

The split between history and your chosen modern language depends on the term - form example, one History and French student in their first year studied French for the entirety of their first term (Michaelmas), and then in their second (Hilary) the split was 50/50, and then in their third (Trinity) it was 60/40 History/French.

With the History and Modern Languages course, you don’t do a dissertation but do a bridge essay, which is based on original interdisciplinary research. This is very independent regarding the topic but shorter than a dissertation.

In Final Honours School (Years 2, 3 and 4), you can choose to weigh your degree towards History or your Modern Language - for example, you can choose more optional language modules if you decide.

Course Handbooks πŸ”— 🌟 Including some really useful information about compulsory and optional modules.

Student perspective video πŸ”— 🌟 First year student Feyi discusses studying History and French at St John's College.

Modern Languages Faculty's website πŸ”— Has links to FAQs, open days, and β€œwhy study at Oxford”.

Joint Schools degrees with Modern Languages video πŸ”— This video discusses all of the joint honours Modern Languages degrees (including Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Linguistics, or a Middle Eastern language).

Application Resources

When applying for the BA in History and Modern Languages degree, applicants will need to take both the History Aptitude Test (HAT) πŸ”— and the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) πŸ”—.

Admissions test advice video πŸ”— This video by Viola Helen, a recent Oxford Classics graduate, with timestamps in the description for each specific exam, including the HAT and MLAT.

History mock interview πŸ”— 🌟 A mock interview produced by Jesus College, Oxford, which gives an idea about some possible topics of conversation and the style of questions.

InsideUni History and Modern Languages interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!