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Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Study at Cambridge

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy
9 or 11 months full-time.


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

research degree
3 years full-time or 5 years part-time.


 The Master of Studies in History (MSt, part-time)

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2 years part-time.


Cambridge has one of the largest History Faculties in the World with an active graduate community of hundreds of historians, exploring the past from many different angles – including political, economic, social, cultural and world history.

Students work alongside our world-leading teaching staff who are experts in fields as varied as the history of medieval Britain, modern India and China, nineteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century South Africa. 

The Faculty is internationally renowned for its research and the originality and significance of the work contributed by our academics with the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranking 44% of the Faculty’s publications as 4* ('world leading') and 37% as 3* ('internationally excellent') and Times Higher Education ranking the Faculty the best in the UK on its research.

In research, as in teaching, the Faculty’s range spans the whole of British, European, American, Asian and African history from the ancient world to the present. As well as having a long-established expertise in British and European history, Cambridge has particular strengths in Extra-European History. While some of the most famous Cambridge historians have focused on political and constitutional history, the Faculty has also played a central role in the development of the history of political thought and in the flourishing fields of economic, social and cultural history. Its members include specialists in business and religious history and in the history of population, the family and gender.

Much of the work in these fields is done in collaboration with other Faculties from across the University including African Studies, Divinity and Politics and International Studies. The Faculty recruits outstanding graduate students from all backgrounds across the entire range of the discipline of History.