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MPhil in World History

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World History at the University of Cambridge combines the study of global and imperial history with the study of Asian, African, Latin American and Pacific histories. It draws upon the expertise of faculty members in each of these areas, as well as in Middle Eastern, Oceanic and American history. The MPhil in World History enables students to develop strong expertise in this rich and expanding field of historical scholarship.

The MPhil in World History combines courses and a dissertation over a 9-month program. The core course focuses on historiographical debates in world history, leading to two options, usually in the history of a world region. From the first term, students also begin directed research for a 15,000 word dissertation, working closely with their supervisor from the Faculty’s World History Subject Group. Students will also take language classes, a component that is required but not examined. This may be in any language offered by the Cambridge University Language Centre, and may be elementary, continuing or advanced. In this way, the MPhil in World History offers students thorough preparation for an advanced research degree that will be highly valued in institutions across the world.


World History MPhil 2018-19 cohort
Visit to the Departures exhibition organised by The Barakat Trust and Asia House

World History MPhil cohort 2018-19

Back row: Adam Place, Imogen Noble, Adam Borthwick, Theo Dixon, Joe Isaacs, Rebekah Lyndon, Richard Wilding (co-curator of the Departures exhibition), Seif el Rashidi (Director of the Barakat Trust), David Maxwell (MPhil Director), Jeppe Mulich (Teaching Associate)

Front row: Arthur Halfhide, Joseph Rachman, Chandini Stensel, Isobel Branch, Alexander White, Clare Clarke, Joshua Newell, Savita Ananthan, Malikabonui Zekhni