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“My supervisor was excellent, really helpful and patient, also I felt that the feedback I received was constructive and prompt.”

Every graduate student undertaking a graduate course in History at Cambridge is assigned a supervisor. They are someone who has an interest in the same area of research as you, and their role is to guide your programme of study and research while helping you to identify your own specialist and generic training needs.

Supervisors are there to help and are often extremely approachable. Be confident in saying that you would like to discuss a particular topic, or ask them questions about where you need to go next or what training would most benefit you. However, graduate students in History are expected to work largely on their own initiative – supervisors won’t do it all for you! As long as you are prepared to listen to your supervisor’s advice and be proactive in discussion with them, we hope that you will realise a fruitful working relationship with someone of similar interests.