The History course at Cambridge covers every period of history from the most ancient to the most modern and ranges geographically from Britain, Ireland and the continent of Europe to America, Africa and Asia. Cambridge has long enjoyed a distinguished reputation in the field of political history and it has also played a leading role in the development of social and economic history. More recently it has become a major centre for the study of intellectual history. The undergraduate course is divided into two parts and is designed to enable students to develop their own special interests as they move through each of the three years.

The History Faculty is revising its History course for admission in October 2022. Throughout the three years students will broaden their historical knowledge, enhance their ability to engage with the craft of history and reflect on the nature of historical thinking.

In year 1 (part IA) students will undertake two outline papers from a range of about 10 options, they will undertake a historical sources option and a historical skills course and also, through college-based teaching, receive some introductory instruction in historical thinking.

Year 2 (part IB) will involve two topics papers, a research project and a further paper in the historical skills strands.

The final year (part II) provides for advanced topics papers, a course based around historical sources and the chance, if desired, to research a theme in greater depth through a dissertation.

History at Queens’ 

You will be required to take an at interview assessment. You will also be requested to provide two marked essays following your application. Candidates have one or two interviews. There may be discussion of some historical sources which you will be given to look at and think about prior to the interview.

The Erasmus Society (the College History Society) meets several times a term to listen to talks by historians and discuss issues of mutual interest. Historians typically have one supervision per week based around an essay.  In the first year the College organises classes to help with the transition from school to university and to introduce students to major themes in the study of History.

Queens’ History Fellows 

Dr Gareth Atkins, Director of Studies

  • Religion, politics and culture in the British world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Professor Craig Muldrew 

  • Early modern History 
  • Economic, Social and Cultural 
  • History 1500 - 1700

Professor Richard Rex 

  • Early modern British and European 
  • History 

Dr Andrew Thompson

  • Modern British History 
  • Modern European History 


“What makes studying History at Cambridge so special are the seemingly endless opportunities you get to learn from world-class academics in an incredibly diverse range of topics. The close-knit comminity of historians at Queens' will give you the support and confidence to make the best of those opportunities”

– Will, 3rd year History 

"The quality of the History Faculty at Cambridge makes learning about any period of history really engaging and the unique supervision structure allows you to explore the full breadth of your interests while offering you support with your academic work at Queens'"

- Sam, 3rd year, History