Taught course

Economic and Social History

University of Cambridge · School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements: normally an undergraduate degree in History or a cognate discipline with a First Class or high 2:1 result (American GPA 3.7 or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Through a combination of training in research techniques, social and economic theory, advanced coursework and the writing of a thesis, students acquire knowledge and skills that greatly exceed those provided within an undergraduate curriculum. This course is designed to be sufficiently self-contained to satisfy the needs of a graduate seeking an advanced postgraduate qualification in social and economic history.

Information for international students

International students are expected to demonstrate fluent command of the English Language in the IELTS (preferably) or TOEFL. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 7.0 with 7 in listening, writing and speaking and 6.5 in reading. International students account for about two-thirds of Cambridge History graduates.

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants/students: AHRC or ESRC studentships; Domestic Research studentships/Millenium Scholarships; (for EU applicants/students only: Gates Cambridge Scholarships); other applicants/students from all other countries: CIIS and/or Gates Cambridge Scholarships; admission application 15 October for Gates and CIIS funding; admission application by 31 January for AHRC, ESRC, DRS funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation60 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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