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.

Months of entry


Course content

The course offers two thematic strands in which students specialise: British local and regional history and Global history. You will specialise in one of these two themes, studying taught modules and undertaking original research, culminating in a dissertation of 16,000 - 20,000 words. Applicants should have a developed research proposal based on an aspect of either British local and regional history or Global history.

The MSt is taught over two years in short, intensive study blocks, and begins in September 2020 (Michaelmas Term). It has been designed to be accessible to those in full- or part-time employment and to international students.

Successful applicants will become members of a Cambridge College and will join the wider graduate community, with full access to the facilities of the University.

Aims of the programme

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;
  • demonstrable specific subject knowledge and analysis relevant to their dissertation;
  • developed research skills required for further postgraduate research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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