University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge


A substantial amount of training in transferable skills, such as communication, self-awareness and team-building, is available for all students; many opportunities for training as a teacher are on offer. The primary purpose of PhD study is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of original research; from the very beginning of the course the student focuses primarily on the writing of the doctoral dissertation. Candidates for the PhD are normally required to pursue supervised research in residence in Cambridge for nine consecutive terms. The student�s original contribution to knowledge is assessed in the light of what it is reasonable to expect a student to complete within three years: this proviso applies to the scale and scope of the work presented for examination, but not to its quality. This means that applicants should pay particular attention to the appropriate choice of research topic for the dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class degree or a high upper 2nd degree from a UK university with a minimum average Part II result 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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 7,362 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 19,017 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Office
Telephone number: 
01223 335304