The new BA in History and Modern Languages will accommodate many different interests and approaches, including language, culture, film, and political thought, alongside modern British, European, American and world history. Students will spend the third year abroad, studying or working in a foreign country, and the course is likely to prove a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and broadcasting to law, business and finance.

Our four-year degree encompasses intensive study in language, culture, film, the history of political thought and a wide variety of modern British, European, American and world history. Like other language students, you spend the third year abroad – studying or working in a foreign country, and immersing yourself in the language, culture and history.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • Applicants for History with French, German or Spanish will need a good A-level (or equivalent) in the language concerned.
  • Applicants for History with ab initio Russian will be more competitive if they can offer evidence of linguistic ability. Some prior formal study of History is highly desirable, but not absolutely essential.

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Admissions Assessment

  • Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview. These assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and provide a gauge of your abilities - to assess skills, such as comprehension and thinking skills, and levels of knowledge and understanding, relevant to your course. Read more on the University's website here.