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History and Politics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #7 (QS) ,
The History and Politics programme offered by the University of Cambridge balances a strong grounding in the two-component subjects with the chance to explore the ways in which historical and political understanding together illuminate the modern world.


The History and Politics programme offered by the University of Cambridge provides the opportunity to undertake intensive study in political science, the history of political thought, a wide variety of modern British, European, American and world history, conceptual issues in political science, and quantitative methods.

Teaching and resources

You’re taught by some of the most eminent academics in the world in their subjects. Staff in the Faculty of History and in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) have a wide range of shared interests in political and international history, and the historical origins of contemporary domestic and international politics and political ideas.

The Faculty of History has a teaching staff of more than a hundred, and the Seeley Library (one of the largest history libraries in the world) contains books and journals covering history and politics and international relations.

The Department of POLIS has particular research strengths in international politics (including foreign and security policy), comparative politics and political thought, and is home to four research centers. 

The University Library is also situated nearby, which means that finding the right book is rarely a problem, and there is a wealth of rare materials and manuscripts within collections in Cambridge suitable for students’ research.


Students who take this degree will acquire a range of skills that are attractive to employers: the ability to work independently, to evaluate and discriminate between evidence, and to present arguments clearly and persuasively.

Recent graduates from the History degree and from the Politics and International Relations track of the Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) course have gone on to careers in the media, law, public administration, finance, teaching, and the charity sector. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Modern State and its Alternatives, 
  • International Conflict, 
  • Order and Justice. 
  • British history (covering 1485 to the present day), 
  • European history
  • North American history.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment
  • Candidates academic record and forecast grades in school-leaving examinations
  • Examples of recent written work submitted to the College to which they are applying

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19197 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19197 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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