Introduction to History and Politics at Cambridge

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 (http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/) 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) (http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk) 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.

Course requirements

Applicants will have a variety of relevant examination qualifications, though not necessarily in both Politics and History; they will be expected to demonstrate an interest in both subjects and will be assessed on their potential to succeed in them. Downing College requires A-level History. 

The application process

All applicants will take a pre-interview admissions assessment. Candidates should normally expect two interviews, one in each subject. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow. Applicants should submit two examples of recent work, which will be available to interviewers. 

Typical conditional offers

Our typical conditional offer for History and Politics is A*AA at A-Level. IB offers are usually for a total of 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level.