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Course Outline and Schedule

The MPhil in Early Modern History is a 9-month full-time programme which combines elements of formal teaching with independent research. Students on the MPhil will join a group of researchers of all levels within the field of Early Modern History, allowing them to integrate into the research culture of Early Modern history at Cambridge.

The MPhil involves 3 assessed components:

  • a core course (7 x 2 hour classes) worth 10% of the overall mark;
  • two option courses chosen from a list offered by the Faculty (7 x 2 hour classes for each option) each worth 10% of the overall mark;
  • a dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) worth 70% of the overall mark.

In addition, students are required to attend and participate in the weekly Early Modern History research seminars and workshops.

Students may also take optional skills modules in Palaeography and languages. These are not assessed elements of the MPhil but will help students develop the skills needed for the MPhil in Early Modern History.