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Introduction

MPhil in American History

American History

American History at the University of Cambridge is a dynamic field which covers the history of what is now the United States from the colonial period to the modern era. The MPhil in American History enables students to develop expertise in this ever expanding field of historical scholarship. 

The MPhil in American History combines taught and research elements over a 9-month programme. The taught elements include three modules, as well as training workshops and seminars, all of which are worth 30% of the final degree mark.  There is also a long final thesis (15,000-20,000 words) worth 70% of the final degree mark. 

The course is designed for those who have completed degrees in which History is the main or at least a substantial component and who want to consolidate their knowledge of American history. It is particularly appropriate for those who may wish to continue on to a PhD, at Cambridge or elsewhere, in American history.  It is also well-suited for those who seek simply to explore American history at a deeper level. It is expected that this will be the normal means by which those without an appropriate Master’s degree from elsewhere will prepare for the PhD degree in American history at Cambridge.

Cambridge graduates in American History have taken up posts in universities and academic-related spheres of work around the world.  The MPhil in American History provides a point of entry into this rich tradition.