University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

American History

This is a dynamic field which covers the history of what is now the United States from the colonial period to the modern era. The core course focuses on historiographical debates in American history. From the first term, students also begin directed research for a 15�20,000 word dissertation, working closely with their supervisor from the faculty�s American history subject group. In this way, the course offers students thorough preparation for an advanced research degree.

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

Compulsary course: Readings in American history and historiography; optional modules; language training (if relevant); research seminar and training; graduate workshop and training.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode 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

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