skip to primary navigationskip to content


The main Tripos examinations

The Part I and Part II examinations are in late May and early June. Each examination paper has equal weighting in the assessment. Each paper is of three hours' duration. For each Part I option and Part II Specified Subject, candidates take one paper and answer three questions. Part II Special Subjects are examined by means of a Long Essay and a three-hour examination on 'gobbets' taken from the set sources. For the Historical Argument and Practice examination, candidates sit one paper and answer only one question.

The compulsory Themes and Sources Long Essay constitutes an examination paper, submitted in the January before Part I. Optional Part II Dissertations are submitted at the beginning of the Easter Term. The compulsory Part II Special Subject Long Essay is submitted at the beginning of the Easter Term. Candidates are therefore examined in both parts of the Tripos partly on work done outside the examination room.

Tripos Examination Timetables 2017 (available April 2017):

    Part I  (start date 29 May)

    Prelim to Part II  (start date 31 May)

    Part II   (start date 31 May)


    Preliminary examinations

    Prelim to Part I

    The Prelim to Part I examination is taken at the beginning of the Easter term of the first year. 

    This is not classed, and does not count towards Part I. It is intended to provide candidates with informal guidance about their progress to date. To appear on the list of successful candidates, students must pass an examination in three papers: the first two of the Part I outline papers that they have studied, together with Historical Argument and Practice (HAP).

    Papers 2–18 correspond exactly with Papers 2-18 in Part I of the Tripos. Paper 19 is specifically designed to examine any first year students who choose to study one of the World History papers (Part I Papers 21 or 23).

    Paper 1.    Historical Argument and Practice
    Paper 2.    British political history, 380-1100
    Paper 3.    British political history, 1050-1509
    Paper 4.    British political history, 1485-1714
    Paper 5.    British political history, 1688-1886
    Paper 6.    British political history, since 1880
    Paper 7.    British economic and social history, 380-1100
    Paper 8.    British economic and social history, 1050-c.1500
    Paper 9.    British economic and social history, c.1500-1750
    Paper 10.  British economic and social history, 1700-1880
    Paper 11.  British economic and social history, since c.1880
    Paper 12.  European history, 776 BC-AD 69
    Paper 13.  European history, 31 BC-AD 900
    Paper 14.  European history, 900-c.1215
    Paper 15.  European history, 1200-1520
    Paper 16.  European history, 1450-1760
    Paper 17.  European history, 1715-1890
    Paper 18.  European history, since 1890
    Paper 19.  World history, from 1400 (N.B. This paper consists of questions arising from papers 21 and 23 of Part I)

    Prelim to Part I Marking Criteria

    Prelim to Part I Timetable (start date 25 April)

    Prelim to Part II

    Students taking Part II over two years (either as Affiliated Students or having transferred from another Tripos) are required to sit a Prelim to Part II examination at the end of their first year.  

    The examination comprises Paper 1 (HAP) and two papers chosen from Sections C-D.

    These three papers are not classed and do not count towards Part II.

    The following year, these papers will be re-examined, together with a Special Subject (Papers 2 & 3) and either two more papers from Sections C-D, or a dissertation and one more.  The Part II classification is determined entirely by the results achieved in these examinations. 


      New joint degrees start October 2017

      Upcoming events

      Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day

      Nov 02, 2016


      Upcoming events