There are three ways to study History at Cambridge: as a single Honours subject, or jointly with either Politics or Modern Languages.
From Republican Rome to contemporary India, from Plato and Aristotle to Obama and Cameron: it’s your choice.
The Cambridge history course is unusual for its breadth and depth of coverage. In your first and second years (Part I) you have the chance to choose from seven periods of European history from 776BC to the present and five periods of British history since 380AD. You study British history in particular depth, taking separate papers in Political and in Economic & Social history. The Faculty also offers introductory courses in world history, American history and the history of Political Thought at Part I.
Because it is one of the largest and most renowned history departments in the world, the Faculty is able to combine breadth of coverage with a rich choice of research-led courses at Part II, which takes up the third year of the Tripos. Here courses take two forms: ‘Special Subjects’, intensively taught and organised around a tightly-defined body of primary sources, and ‘Advanced Topics’, also often source-led, but more thematic in focus.
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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The History and Modern Languages course provides insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts.
Studying at Cambridge
What's it like to study here?
Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.
The changes are:
- All lectures will be delivered online;
- Small group teaching will be delivered in person or online, as appropriate to the circumstances of students and staff;
- Supervisions will be delivered in person or online, as appropriate to the circumstances of students and staff.
All entering the History Faculty building need to use our online sign-in system. This includes, staff, students of History and users of the libraries based in the building. Please do ensure that you use this system so that we can keep track of who is in the building. Your contact details will be kept confidentially, solely for the purposes of tracking and tracing Covid-19, and will be destroyed after a month.
Why study history here?
Research and teaching in History at Cambridge in single or joint honours has been consistently recognised as amongst the best world-wide. Cambridge History came top in the Complete University Guide league tables for 2021, and we have been recognised as one of the top three History departments in the world in the QS University World Rankings.
You are taught in a mix of college based small group supervisions and Faculty lectures and classes. Many of our academics have won prestigious prizes for their work and are regarded as experts in their fields, which means our courses can span three millenia and the globe.
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A huge range of source materials
Developing in-depth historical insight requires access to a wide range of materials. Working with books, manuscripts, letters, art work, music and objects from over the centuries make developing a historical perspective both exciting and rewarding.
With over 90,000 volumes collected over 200 years the Seeley Library (which specifically serves the Faculty of History) is an outstanding resource to support your studies. Other collections such as the Churchill Archives and the Pepys Library give students at Cambridge something few other Universities can offer.