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History & Politics

History & Politics at Cambridge is an exciting new Honours degree. It offers subjects from the highly-regarded History & Politics and International Relations courses, together with bespoke papers which will allow students to explore the space between the two disciplines.


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Students will develop skills in analysing the operation of power and politics across histories, institutions, and societies around the world.   Students will also be able to build strengths in understanding the nature of evidence, methodology, and approaches in both History and Politics.  They will be able to choose from a wide range of topics in British, European, American and World history and politics.

Cambridge is uniquely placed to teach History and Politics and International Relations together. Both Faculties are widely regarded as world-leading.  The History Faculty is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and is consistently ranked as the best in research and teaching assessments. It has internationally recognised experts in all relevant fields of study.  The Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) is a medium-sized department with about 30 academics with a huge range of specialisms. It has particular research strengths in international politics, international history and international law, comparative politics and political thought.

This new degree balances a strong grounding in the two component subjects with the opportunity to explore the ways in which historical and political understanding together illuminate the modern world.

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Academic requirements

Applicants will have a variety of relevant examination qualifications, though not necessarily in both politics and history; they will be expected to demonstrate an interest in both subjects and will be assessed on their potential to succeed in them.


Applicants invited to interview will also be asked to submit two pieces of written work. Candidates should normally expect a subject interview which will cover both subjects, history and politics, as well as a general interview. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow.

Candidates invited to interview at Wolfson will sit a written test at the time of their interviews.


Director of Studies: Dr Celia Donert