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.
Submitted Work:

Applicants will be asked (following receipt of their application) to submit two pieces of written work, which they have written as part of their normal preparation for public examinations. The preferred word limit for each sample is 2,000 words. Applicants may submit coursework, but this will only count for one piece of work, regardless of the length. The subjects of these essays may form the basis of discussion in one of the interviews.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants, who are shortlisted for interview, will take a written assessment. An assessment specification is available online. The College's Admissions Officer will register applicants for the assessment.

Interviews:

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 5 - Wednesday 14 December 2022. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

Applicants will be given a reading passage 20-30 minutes before both interviews. A discussion of the reading will form part of the interview.

Course Enquiries:

Emmanuel Admissions Office.