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Prospective Undergraduates

Why study History? 

History is one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK and with good reason. Students find studying it enormously interesting and intellectually rewarding, and the skills it helps to foster are greatly sought after by top employers in many fields.

As an undergraduate student at Cambridge, you will be taught by members of one of the largest and most diverse History faculties in the world. Many have won prestigious prizes for their work, and the Faculty's research and teaching has been consistently recognised as amongst the best. Cambridge History came top in the Guardian's University league tables for 2018, and we have been recognised as one of the top three History departments in the world in the QS University World Rankings.

There are three ways to study History at Cambridge: as a single Honours subject, or jointly with either Politics or Modern Languages.

History Tripos

Cambridge has one of the largest and best history departments in the world, and the course we offer reflects this quality and breadth of interest. We can offer you a huge range of options that span three millennia and circle the globe.




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History and Modern  Languages

History and Modern Languages

The History and Modern Languages course provides insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts. 





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History and Politics

History and Politics

History and Politics at Cambridge is an exciting joint Honours degree which offers subjects from our highly regarded History and Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) courses, together with bespoke papers which allow students to explore the space between the two disciplines.



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For Teachers

We very much hope that you and your students will find the information and material on these pages useful. 

We would be delighted to hear from you, and to see you and your students here on University Open Days, as well as at our other Outreach and Liaisons events. For more information on these, please visit the Cambridge Admissions Office events page. If you would like to contact us, please email


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The History Faculty has over 100 academics who publish world-class research. Many have won prestigious prizes for their work.

The Library Facilities available to Cambridge History students are second to none. Central to them is the Seeley Historical Library, one of the largest undergraduate history libraries in the world containing over 90,000 volumes.

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