Clare College Cambridge

History and Politics

Number of students per year: 2-4
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).
Written assessment: All applicants are required to take the university-wide at-interview written assessment for History and Politics. Further information about this is available here.


History and Politics is a new degree offered at Cambridge for the first time for 2017. The degree gives you the chance to study History and Politics in ways that explore the history of political contest and ideas and the politics of historical change. In history you have the opportunity to study world history and in politics to study international relations. In each of the three years you take a paper that engages with questions situated in the space between history and politics, including in the history of political thought. In this sense the degree is much more than than a conventional joint degree in which courses from different subjects are put together.

In History you will be able to take papers in world history, European history, American political and foreign relations history, British political, economic and social history as well as a range of specialised and document-based papers that will vary from year to year. In Politics you will be able to take papers in international politics, the politics of different parts of the world, and political theory. You will have the opportunity to take a course in statistics and to pursue a dissertation on a subject of your choice.


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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.

Fellows in Politics

Dr Helen Thompson Politics and International Relations
Dr Josip Glaurdic Politics and International Relations


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