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Want to study History?

Information for school and college students and for teachers.

For Students

If you are a school or college student studying History, or thinking about studying History, this website provides you with two things:

  • Information, material and attainment-building exercises relating both to areas of history that are commonly studied by UK students in Years 12 and 13 and to other areas of history less often studied;
  • An overview of the undergraduate History course at Cambridge University and advice on applying to study with us; this includes details of the course, profiles of lecturers and students, sample lectures, careers information and a video of an admissions interview.

History is one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK and with good reason. Students find studying it enormously interesting and rewarding, and the skills it develops are greatly sought after by top employers in many fields. Cambridge is one of the world’s great History faculties and it is hugely important to us to encourage all very bright potential historians to consider studying with us.

You are our future.

For Teachers

Colleagues, we very much hope that you and your students will find the information and material provided useful. We have thought hard and consulted widely about what is included in this website. If you have suggestions as to how we might develop the site, please e-mail

We would be delighted both to hear from you and to see you and your students here on University open days.

You are crucial in providing universities with the next generation of historians, and our dialogue with you is very important to us.

The History Faculty has over 100 academics who publish world-class research. Many have won prestigious prizes for their work.

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The Library Facilities available to Cambridge History students are second to none. Central to them is the Seeley Historical Library, one of the largest undergraduate history libraries in the world containing over 90,000 volumes.

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