University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Modern European History

The programme is designed both for students who want to enhance their understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic history of modern Europe, and for those who want to go on further primary research. It provides intensive research training for those who wish to go on to prepare a doctoral dissertation, but it is also a freestanding postgraduate degree course in its own right. The course covers Europe, including the British Isles, from roughly the middle of the 18th century to the present. The principal countries studied are Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Spain. The course aims to introduce students to the latest research topics, methods and debates in modern European history at an advanced level; it provides training in the use of printed, manuscript and other sources relevant to modern European history; it seeks to develop language skills where appropriate or necessary. It provides a structured introduction to key debates in modern European history, as well as a variety of intensive taught courses.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class degree or a high upper 2nd 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

In the 1st term, students on the course will be offered an intensive training program consisting of classes, seminars, workshops, individual and group assignments; each student will take a compulsory core course on major historiographical controversies, drawing on specialist lecturers and key readings; students will also choose 2 options in 1st term from a range of courses provided each year and evolving with the research interest of faculty currently teaching.

Assessment methods

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


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

Campus details

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

Key information

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