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History and Politics at Cambridge
This program in history and politics balances a strong grounding in the two subjects with the chance to explore the ways in which historical and political understanding illuminate the modern world.
The BA program focuses on:
- Political science
- The history of political thought
- Conceptual issues in political science
- Quantitative methods
- A wide variety of modern British, European, American and world history
Teaching and resources
At Cambridge University, 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 strengths in international politics (including foreign and security policy, comparative politics and political thought), and is home to four research centres and around 30 teaching staff.
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.
Graduates of the history and politics program 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.
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Required by all Colleges: no specific subjects
Required by some Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level History, an essay based subject
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