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Emily, 2nd Year

History and Politics

History and Politics at Cambridge is an exciting new Honours degree which will run for the first time in October 2017. It offers subjects from our highly-regarded History and Politics and International Relations courses, together with bespoke papers which will allow students to explore the space between the two disciplines.

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 and 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.

Staff in the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies have a wide range of shared interests in political and international history, the origins of contemporary politics and international relations, and the history of political ideas. 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.

We have a number of Fellows in both History and Politics at Emmanuel, with areas of specialization that include British social, political and cultural history, Medieval European history, African history and politics and international relations theory.

Admissions Information

Standard Offer:

A-level - A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 or 42 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.

Course Requirements:

No specific subjects; A-level (or equivalent) History is highly desirable.

Course Outline:

Further course details are available online.


Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2017. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

For History: in advance of their interview, candidates will normally be sent a reading passage, which forms part of the discussion in one of the interviews.

For Politics: at interview, applicants will be given an unseen reading passage to study 20-30 minutes before one of the interviews.

Submitted Work:

For Politics: applicants will be asked (following receipt of their application) to submit one piece of written work, which they have written as part of their normal preparation for public examinations. The preferred word limit for the sample is 2,000 words. Applicants may submit coursework. The subject of this essay may form the basis of discussion in the interviews. The deadline for submission will be early November.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants will take a pre-interview written assessment (comprehension and essay/text response element). Further information and a content specification are available online.

Course Enquiries:

Emmanuel Admissions Office.

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