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Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Study at Cambridge

The Faculty of History at Cambridge is one of the largest History Faculties in the World with an active graduate community 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.

The Faculty offers three research based qualifications:

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy
The Faculty offers eight MPhil courses, which last between nine months and a year. The MPhils have taught elements but are also research degree in their own right, and many students use them as pathways towards doctoral research.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

research degree
The PhD is a research degree completed under the supervision of a senior member of the Faculty, the main purpose of which is to prepare a substantial piece of original research, designed to be completed within three years of study (or five years part-time).

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

This two-year course is designed to be accessible to those in full- or part-time employment and to international students. It is taught in short intensive study blocks and offers two thematic strands in which students specialise, culminating in a dissertation.