This programme offers you the opportunity to combine studies in History and French, German, Russian or Spanish (German, Russian and Spanish may be taken from beginners level).
Both the History and Modern Languages departments at Birmingham are two of the largest and most diverse in Britain. Our staff cover an extensive range of specialities and are committed to research in order to enrich their teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the University of Birmingham was ranked first in the country for History, while over 75% of research in Modern Languages was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This allows you to choose from a broad choice of modules, each taught by an expert in that field.
Small group teaching involving student participation are important to both departments, in particular in Modern Languages where oral classes are held with native-speaker teachers. We have found that this produces confident, enthusiastic, articulate graduates, with excellent potential for employment in the UK and beyond.
The degree programme is four years in length as you will spend your third year abroad. Many students remember their Year Abroad as the most exciting and formative part of their degree.
Why study this course
- Outstanding staff: Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching. In 2014, 98% of both Modern Languages and History students agreed that staff are good at explaining things. 97% and 95% respectively, agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential.
- Superb employability rates: Amongst our 2013 cohort, 87% of Modern Languages and 89% of History graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation in a diverse range of areas.
- A broad, flexible and in-depth programme: In addition to your language modules, choose from a wide range of options in Modern Languages covering culture, literature, film, history or politics. Pick from a selection of History modules covering medieval, early modern and modern periods, approached from social, military, political, economic or religious perspectives. Although there is a broad choice of modules, you will see from the module information below that each module is taught by an expert in that field. In addition, many modules draw on primary sources, some of which come from our own special collections. The combining of History with Modern Languages increases the range of primary sources that you will be able to access.
- Travel opportunities: Many students remember their Year Abroad as the most exciting and formative part of their degree.Chose to study, teach or work in the country of your chosen language.
- Excellent student experience: Join one of our language student societies or our student magazine The UoB Linguist. Develop your language skills outside your teaching, make new friends who share your passion for languages and attend diverse extra-curricular events.
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Please be aware that the following information is intended to provide prospective students with an indicative guide of the modules offered by the School. However, our research is constantly exploring new areas and directions of study, therefore some modules may be dropped and new ones offered in their place.
You can find out more about the available modules dependent on your credit weighting for your chosen language(s) below:
- French: year 1, year 2, year abroad, final year
- Italian: year 1, year 2, year abroad, final year
- Russian: year 1, year 2, year abroad, final year
- Spanish: year 1, year 2, year abroad, final year (language modules, plus cultural modules lasting the whole year, semester 1 only or semester 2 only)
The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner. You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods. You can choose either Discovering the Middle Ages and Living in the Middle Ages or The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815 and The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000 (20 credits per module). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn semester) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring semester), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in Group Research and extend your historical knowledge through two (20 + 20) subject-specific modules chosen from a wide range of available from Option A in the Autumn semester and Option B in the Spring.
The third year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module, which is chosen from a variety of available subjects.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: History grade A, Grade A or B at A level in at least one modern language. General Studies: Accepted.
General Studies: Not accepted
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
When completing your UCAS application, please indicate your proposed language choices under ‘Further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application by using the following codes.
Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com.
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