Clare College Cambridge

History

 

 

Number of students per year: 8-10

 

Typical offer: A*AA at A level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.

 

Essential subjects: Candidates are not expected to have a particular combination of subjects at A-level (or equivalent). An A level in History is not a requirement. 

 

Written assessment: You will be required to sit a pre-interview assessment. You will also be asked to send in one piece of history school/college work in advance of your interviews. This should be an essay of between roughly 1500 and 2500 words written as part of your current syllabus, but must NOT have been completed under examination or timed conditions. We will use this essay to assess your writing skills and also as the initial basis for discussion in one of the two interviews. 

 

The main attraction of History at Cambridge is the way it allows students to put together their own 'package' of topics and papers tailored to their particular interests. The teaching is also structured to encourage this, with individual or small-group supervisions arranged flexibly to accommodate the very different choices of topics which students may want to make.

In the first two years of the course, students choose from a range of broadly-based papers. Some British history is compulsory at this stage, but there is a wide variety of other papers in European, American, Asian and African history, as well as the history of political ideas and thought. The third and final year of the course offers a very large choice of more specialised and document-centred papers, and an opportunity to do an individual dissertation on a subject of the student's choice. It is also possible to combine History with other courses, such as Law or Economics. This is done by taking the first part of one course, and the second of another. History can be taken either as a Part I or a Part II subject in this way. Thus (for example) a student might read Part I History and Part IB and Part 2 Law, or Part I Economics and Part II History.

Further details about History at Cambridge are available on the Cambridge History Faculty website on http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/.

 

Fellows in History

Dr John Guy

Teaching Fellow. He works in the field of early modern British History

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dr Hubertus Jahn

Reader in the History of Russia and the Caucasus

Dr Elizabeth Foyster

College Teaching Officer and Director of Studies (Part I). 

She specialises in British Social History from the 17th century to the mid-19th century. 

Dr Ruth Watson

University Lecturer in African History

Professor Andrew Preston

Professor of American History. He teaches 20th century American History, especially the histories of diplomacy, politics, and religion.

 

Professor John Robertson

Professor of the History of Political Thought. His interests are in the intellectual history of 17th and 18th century Europe; he teaches the history of political thought before 1900.

Clare History is also supported by the contribution of Clare Research Associates, who have a range of research specialisms from medieval history to modern European and American history.

 

Student Profiles:

Ed Cooke

 

Ella Sbaraini

 

Lottie Williams

 

Wulfstan Scouller

Moriyo Aiyeola