Taught course

Historical Studies

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

This nine-month course (1 October to mid-July) is designed to give you the opportunity to write a substantial research paper on a historical topic and to provide you with ancillary training in methods of historical research.

The major subject areas included are: Early Modern British Political History; Modern British Political History; Early Modern European History; American History; Imperial and Commonwealth History; African History; Asian History; Latin American History. Candidates attend first year training courses as appropriate and participate in research seminars. Language tuition available.

Information for international students

International students are expected to demonstrate a 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, speaking and writing and 6.5 in reading. International students account for about two-thirds of Cambridge History.

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); all other applicants/students from all other countries: ORS and/or Gates Cambridge Scholarships; admission application by 15 October for Gates and/or ORS funding; admission application by 31 January for AHRC, ESRC, DRS.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation100 (30000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Studies Office
+44 (0)1223 335304
+44 (0)1223 335968