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History and English

University of Oxford

36 months
32480 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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A joint degree in History and English from the University of Oxford requires students to think critically about how we define ‘history’ and ‘literature’, and about how the two disciplines interrelate and, to a large extent, overlap. 


About this Degree

Close attention is given to changing methodologies, to the nature of evidence and to styles of argument. It is assumed that historical documents are just as much ‘texts’ as poems, plays or novels, and are therefore subject to interpretation as works of narrative, rhetoric and, fundamentally, language.

 In turn, it is assumed that poems, plays and novels represent historically-grounded ways of interpreting a culture. Interdisciplinary study has become a thriving area in its own right as scholars have moved away from what would once have been thought of as ‘purely’ historical or literary criticism to a more comparative way of thinking about the written records of the past (including, of course, the very recent past).

The History and English course from the University of Oxford  structure at Oxford is intended to enable students to relate literary and historical ideas as effectively as possible in the investigation of their chosen historical periods, topics or authors, while recognising that some students will wish to opt for variety rather than close congruity between their historical and literary papers. 


Studying this degree provides you with the opportunity to acquire a range of skills valued by recruiters and employers, including the ability to work independently, to evaluate the significance of evidence and to present arguments clearly and persuasively. Graduates from this course have worked in the media, legal professions, public administration, teaching and finance.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • English language and literature (interdisciplinary component)
  • One period paper from single honours English Language and Literature
  • One British history paper from single honours History
  • One of: Approaches to history; Historiography; optional subject (from single honours History)
  • European/World history paper from single honours History
  • Further subject from single honours History
  • British history period paper from single honours History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A-levels: AAA 
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB 
  • IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL 
  • Candidates are expected to have English Literature, or English Language and Literature, to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. 
  • It is also highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent.
  • All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT) as part of their application. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32480 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32480 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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