History and politics
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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.

About History and Politics

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. Further information about the Tripos can be found here. 

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.

History and Politics at Fitzwilliam

Fitzwilliam College has two Fellows (senior members of College) who act as Directors of Studies for the course. Dr Rosemary Horrox's research interests lie within British medieval history, with a particular emphasis on political culture, and Dr Evaleila Pesaran specialises in the politics of the Middle East, focusing specifically on questions of sovereignty and the consequences of foreign economic involvement in the region. They both guide and assist Fitzwilliam students through their degree and teach them in their subjects. They also organise supervisions for other subjects with colleagues from other colleges as well as from the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Fitzwilliam has a large number of Fellows in History, whose teaching and research interests cover the whole spectrum of British history and beyond:

Dr Gabriel Glickman, early modern Britain's relationship with the wider world

Dr Julia Guarneri, American social and cultural history

Dr Matt Neal, eighteenth and nineteenth century British society and politics


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

Typical offers for History and Politics would be A*AA at A Level and 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate.  A Level (or equivalent) History is required.

Applicants will be asked to submit one piece of written work in History, or a cognate subject, as part of their application.

Applicants are also required to sit the History written assessment, prior to being invited to interview.  More information can be found on the University website.

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