University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry

English and Modern Languages

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English and Modern Languages

English and either Celtic, Czech (with Slovak), French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish A BA in 4 years with a year abroad

UCAS code: see table below

Course statistics for 2013 entry

Interviewed: 65%

Successful: 16%

Intake: 18

Entrance requirements

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL

Or any other equivalent

Candidates are expected to have English Literature, or English Language and Literature, to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Tests: ELAT and MLAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: Two/three pieces

Tuition Fees for 2014

Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

The year abroad has lower fees and extra funding - see

More Information


+44 (0) 1865 271055

Modern Languages:

+44 (0) 1865 270750

Oxford Open days

2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014

26 April 2014: Modern Languages and joint courses open day

Course Combinations

You can either study English with a Modern Language you already speak, or with a Modern Language you’d like to learn from scratch.

For the following course combinations you would usually be expected to have the Modern Language to A-level, or another academic equivalent.

English and:

Czech QR37

French QR31

German QR32

Modern Greek QQ37

Italian QR33

Portuguese QR35

Russian QRH7

Spanish QR34

The following course combinations allow you to begin studying a Modern Language from scratch, although those with experience in Celtic are also very welcome to apply.

English and:

Celtic QQ35

Beginners’ Czech QR3S

Beginners’ Modern Greek QR39

Beginners’ Italian RQ33

Beginners’ Portuguese QR3M

What is English and Modern Languages?

The English side of the course offers you a choice from a list of papers covering all literature written in the English language from its origins in Anglo-Saxon through to works produced in English-speaking countries across the world in the present day. The Modern Language side of the course will give you practical linguistic training, encourage you to think coherently about language as a subject of study and introduce you to an extensive and fascinating field of Western literature and thought.

English and Modern Languages at Oxford

Both the English and the Modern Languages Faculties at Oxford are among the largest in the country, and include major scholars in all areas of the respective subjects. Students thus have access to a range of expert tutors. Library provision at Oxford is excellent: all students have access to the English Faculty Library, the Taylor Institution Library (for languages), the Bodleian Library and their own college libraries.

The course is extremely flexible. In the first year you will do practical work in your chosen language and study a selection of important texts from its literature. On the English side, you will be introduced to the conceptual and technical tools used in the study of language and literature, and to a wide range of different critical assumptions and approaches. You will also do tutorial work on either early medieval, Victorian or modern literature. In the second year, a wide range of options opens up for you. Language work in your modern language will continue and you will study literature from a wide range of periods in English and in your language. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad – see Modern Languages (p 88 for more information). On your return, you will choose from a range of special option papers in both English and Modern Languages, and in comparative literature.


A typical weekly timetable

Most students will have one or two tutorials a week as well as compulsory language classes. Most students also attend three to four lecture courses per subject.

What are tutors looking for?

Successful candidates will have an aptitude for their modern language, will read widely, and will enjoy writing and talking about literature and language. Candidates who are shortlisted may be asked to talk about a piece of prose or verse supplied before or in their interview.

For information about the selection criteria please see:

Related courses

Students interested in this course might also like to consider other English courses, other language courses or History of Art.


Graduates in English and Modern Languages go on to careers in fields including broadcasting, publishing, teaching, journalism, the theatre, administration, management, advertising, translation, librarianship and law. Knowledge of a modern language opens up opportunities for internationally focused careers or careers with international companies or organisations. The Languages Work website has further information about careers using languages:

Recent English and Modern Languages graduates include a marketing director, a consultant in environmental management and sustainability, and a journalist.

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].


Please see for details of Erasmus opportunities for this course.

1st year


Four papers are taken:

  • One period paper from single honours English Language and Literature

  • Two Modern Languages papers


Six written papers form the First University Examination; a submitted portfolio of two essays for ‘Introduction to English Language and Literature’.

All exams must be passed, but marks do not count towards the final degree.

2nd and 4th years (3rd year is spent abroad)


  • Three from papers 1–6 from single honours English Language and Literature

  • Dissertation

  • Modern Language (four/five papers), including: language exercises (two papers plus oral examination), a period of literature and options (prescribed authors and texts from the 12th to 20th centuries, a special subject, or a linguistics paper)


Papers will be examined by extended essays over the course of the second and fourth years, or by practical and written examinations at the end of your fourth year

Student statement

Oxford has the most comprehensive course in the country, you can really study whatever you want. Matt

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