History and politics

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.

Number of students

We typically admit one or two undergraduates per year.

The course

This degree balances a strong grounding in the two component subjects with the opportunity to explore the ways in which historical and political understanding work together to illuminate the modern world.

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.

The benefits of History & Politics at Fitzwilliam College

Fitzwilliam College benefits from having in-house Directors of Studies for the History and Politics course, as well as a large number of Fellows in History, whose teaching and research interests cover the whole spectrum of British history and beyond. 

The College's History Society is highly active and helps to build a lively academic and social community amongst our History students. It arranges an exciting programme of events for all students interested in History, whether they study it or not. 

Entry requirements

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. An A Level (or equivalent) in History or Ancient History is required. 

The Admissions process

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 if invited to interview.

If invited to interview, applicants should expect at least two 30 minute interviews. You will be expected to demonstrate an interest in both History and Politics and will be assessed on your potential to succeed in them. 

Director of Studies


Dr Pedro Mendes Loureiro



Dr Julia Guarneri

Director of Studies (1st year)

Research interests: American social and cultural history.

Dr Jean-Michel Johnston

Director of Studies (2nd year)

Research interests: social and cultural history of modern Europe.

Dr Gabriel Glickman

Director of Studies (3rd years)

Research interests: early modern Britain's relationship with the wider world.

More information

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