Taught course

Political Thought and Intellectual 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

This course aims to offer training in, and increase understanding of, the central themes of political thought and intellectual history. It is seen as a bridging course between undergraduate and doctoral study, which can be used not just for single-track preparation for the PhD, but also for more general learning and for rounding out your previous undergraduate education in the relevant subject areas.

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, writing and speaking and 6.5 in reading. International students account for about two-thirds of the 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); other applicants/students from all other countries: CIIS and/or Gates Cambridge Scholarships; admission application by 15 October for Gates and/or CIIS funding; admission application by 31 January for AHRB, ESRC.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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