Research course


University of Cambridge · Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.1 honours degree or overseas equivalent in history or a humanities-related subject.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

We are able to consider 'non-standard' applicants who do not meet the standard academic criterion. In such cases, you will need to produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience, and your suitability for the course.

The structure of the programme allows international students to attend on a Short-term Study Visa, and those in full-time employment, whether in the UK or abroad, to work and study at the same time.

Months of entry


Course content

By the end of the course students should have:

developed an understanding of, and ability to apply critically, the main academic theories and concepts underpinning the study of history;

extended and developed their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities;

developed the ability to form independent judgements based on their reading, research and writing;

gained demonstrable specific subject knowledge and analysis relevant to their dissertation;

developed research skills required for further postgraduate research.

Information for international students

Language requirements for this course are as per the table below:

IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)

C1 Advanced *: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element), plus a Language Centre assessment.

C2 Proficiency †: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200, with no element lower than 185)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSt
    part time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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