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Postgraduate courses and prospectus

Postgraduate Study at the Faculty of History

The Faculty of History offers two postgraduate qualifications - the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in History

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 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)

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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.

Part-time Study

study books part time

The majority of our programmes are offered on a full-time basis and we do not offer a part-time MPhil. The Faculty does accept applications from candidates who wish to undertake the PhD on a part-time basis and more information can be found on our page for part-time students. 

The part-time Master of Studies in History course is administered by the Institute of Continuing Education, taught jointly by the Faculty of History and the Institute and the degree is awarded by the Faculty of History.  For more information, please see the Master of Studies (MSt) in History page ( on the Institute of Continuing Education’s website. 

 Visiting Postgraduate Students


The Faculty of History welcomes applications from postgraduate students who wish to visit Cambridge for short periods from one month up to one year. Please see the information for visiting students, for more details.