History Our History course offers a huge range of options that span two millennia and circle the globe. In fact, you have the opportunity to investigate practically any period or aspect of history that interests you. Across centuries and continents Cambridge has one of the largest and best history faculties in the world and the course we offer reflects this quality and breadth of interest. Our course gives you the opportunity to explore the past from many different angles – including political, economic, social and cultural history – and to explore the interaction between history and other disciplines, such as politics, anthropology and archaeology. There’s ample scope throughout to pursue personal interests and experiment with different historical approaches. Some paper options are shared with other courses, such as Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; and Classics, and specialist papers allow you to work with a variety of source materials such as music, art, cartoons and coins. Facilities and resources Our major resource is our teaching staff, made up of more than 100 leading experts. The Faculty has achieved outstanding teaching and research ratings in surveys by the UK national press, and was ranked first for History in the QS World University Rankings 2014.
The Seeley Library, one of the largest history libraries in the world, and the nearby University Library mean that finding the right book is rarely a problem, and there is a wealth of rare materials and manuscripts within collections in Cambridge suitable for students’ research. Undergraduate historians are also encouraged to take up or improve foreign languages. They have access to both the University Language Centre and specialist language teaching. Many Colleges have travel grants for students who wish to study the history of another country. Careers and research Cambridge historians acquire a range of skills that are attractive to employers: the ability to work independently; to evaluate and discriminate between evidence; and to present arguments clearly and persuasively. In the past, our graduates have had no difficulty in securing rewarding jobs in a wide variety of occupations – for example, one graduate is a television news reporter, and another pursued further study and is now a child psychologist. Other graduates pursue successful careers in business, finance and consultancy, in law and public administration, in journalism and broadcasting, and in teaching and research.
Fact file UCAS code
Typical offers require
A Level A*AA
Duration Three years 2014 entry Applications per place: 3 Number accepted: 198
IB 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level Other qualifications See p143-5
Colleges Available at all Colleges Location Map reference S (see p152-4)
No specific subjects required by all Colleges Some Colleges require A Level/IB Higher Level History, at least one essay-based subject Admissions test Some Colleges require/may require applicants to take the TSA (www.cam.ac.uk/tests/)