University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Economic and Social History

The programme provides an extremely thorough training in statistical and social science methodology, while building on other strengths such as an emphasis on researching economic relations and institutions as cultural phenomena. There are approximately 20 members of academic staff associated with the MPhil, ranging in specialisation from early modern economic history to modern Asian history. Throughout the course students will be supervised by a dedicated member of staff, who will guide their research towards the completion of an original historical subject chosen and developed by them. Students are also expected to undertake training in social science research methods, encompassing quantitative and qualitative analytical tools, which are taught at all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class degree or a high upper second degree from a UK university with a minimum average in the final year of 67 percent; or the equivalent from a university outside the UK. Candidates will normally be expected to have taken a substantial number of history courses at university level and to have a sound background in the period covered by the course.

Course modules

Modules include: Central concepts in economic and social history; 3 short courses in social sciences and research methods; two optional modules; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a 15000-20000 word dissertation and essays.

Sponsorship information



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 9,960 per Academic year (home fees) 11 months
MPhil Full-time £ 19,557 per Academic year (overseas fees) 11 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

MPhil Office
Telephone number: 
01223 335311