History BA (Tripos)
Cambridge has one of the largest and best history departments in the world, which means our courses offer a huge range of options covering three millennia and circling the globe. Viewing history through political and economic lenses as well as cultural, social and intellectual ones gives you the opportunity to investigate practically any aspect of history which interests you.
The course has clear, tightly focused, objectives. Equipping you with a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, it teaches you to critically evaluate primary and secondary material. It aims to instil in you the confidence to define your own questions, and to go about answering them using the analytical and research skills you have gained. You will learn how to go about assembling, organising and presenting your ideas clearly and coherently.
What's special about the course?
Our academics - more than 90 experts in their field who teach and research.
Libraries and source materials - the Seeley Library is one of the largest history student libraries and the University Library is one of Britain's copyright libraries, offering an unrivalled book collection spanning centuries.
The Cambridge teaching system - supervision - weekly one-hour supervisions taught in Colleges are the focal point of the academic week, providing personal supervision and the opportunity to debate with and learn from senior historians. They are usually taught one-on-one or in small groups. You will write essays or prepare other materials for these sessions, in which you will receive constructive feedback on your work and further guidance.
The Cambridge teaching system - lectures and seminars - alongside preparing for your weekly supervision, which remains the centrepiece of the Cambridge experience, you will attend a number of lectures each week. These are designed to give you clear introductions to historical events and processes, change over time, and historians’ changing interpretations of the past. Parts of the course are also taught through seminars where group discussion, small group work and presentations are encouraged.
Gaining breadth and depth - the structure of the course gives you broad historical understanding (in Part IA and IB) and then encourages you to delve into specialist topics (in Part II).
At a glance
|Entry requirements and admissions tests
Typical A level offer A*AA
IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Available at all Colleges
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