How you Learn
As with other subjects, the Director of Studies is responsible for guiding undergraduates in their choice of subjects and their general intellectual development within the subject. Lectures are organised by the History Faculty and the MMLL Faculty, and they are attended by students from all colleges. Each college arranges teaching for weekly supervisions.
One of the most exciting aspects of Cambridge is the opportunity to discuss your essays and ideas with experts and to get to know them well. You will be taught by historians and modern linguists from other colleges as well, depending on the papers you choose. Your Director of Studies helps each student devise a custom-built course and finds appropriate supervisors.
Students can benefit from access to the facilities and resources available across both Faculties, as well as those offered at the University’s Language Centre.
The Faculty of History is globally respected (consistently topping national and international league tables), with an exceptional teaching staff of more than 100 leading historians. The collections in the Seeley Library (one of the largest history libraries in the world), the University Library, College libraries and online are extensive and include a wealth of rare materials and manuscripts, as well as standard texts.
The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL) also has a well-stocked library – boasting excellent coverage of the literature, film, history and thought of key language areas, from the middle ages to the present day – the Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Facility, and the Media Centre.
|Typical Offer Conditions
||41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
||See the University’s Entrance Requirements page
||History, plus the language you intend to study (if studying post-A-Level)
||Evidence of language ability (if studying a language from scratch)
Two recent examples of essays you have written at school. One should be from your History A Level or equivalent. The other should be written in the language you intend to study at university (unless applying for a language from scratch, in which case it should be in English).
Applicants for History and Modern Languages are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. There are two separate components: one for History and one for Modern Languages.
Details of the History written assessment will be available on the University’s Undergraduate Study website under History entry requirements in due course.
The Modern Languages written assessment is based on a short text in English that we will supply. For post-A level language candidates, this hour-long assessment is designed to assess writing skills in a foreign language, the ability to understand an intellectual argument, and to write in English. For applicants to study a language from scratch, the hour-long assessment will assess aptitude for language learning and ability to understand an intellectual argument, writing in English. No special preparation or prior knowledge is required.