History and Politics

History and Politics at Cambridge is an exciting Honours degree which 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 across institutions and societies around the world, and explore how different forms of evidence can be used to understand the past and the present. They will be able to choose from a wide range of topics in British, European, US and World history, the history of political thought, international relations, and comparative politics.

Cambridge is uniquely placed to teach History and Politics and International Relations together. Both Faculties are widely regarded as world-leading and are consistently top-ranked in research and teaching assessments. The History Faculty is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and has internationally recognised experts in all relevant fields of study. The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is a rapidly growing department with particular research strengths in political thought, comparative politics, and international relations, and close links with the other social sciences.

Staff in the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies have a wide range of shared interests in political history, the origins of contemporary politics and international relations, and the history of political ideas. This 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: A1A2A2; other exam systems.

Course Requirements:

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

Course Outline:

Further course details can be found online.

Applying: For information on how to apply: University application process and Emmanuel application timeline.


Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 6 - Wednesday 15 December 2021. 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.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants will take the new History Admissions Assessment at interview. An assessment specification is available online.

Course Enquiries:

Emmanuel Admissions Office.