Clare College Cambridge




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). Applicants will normally have taken History at A level or equivalent, although this is not a formal requirement.
Submitted work: Please send in two history essays. We will not accept short answers based on document exercises or non-history essays; nor will we accept exam answers. The essay should be on a topic which has engaged your interest, and on which you feel you have something to say. Above all it should contain an argument.
Written Assessment: Applicants will need to sit the at-interview assessment. More information will be available soon.
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. 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.

Further details about History at Cambridge are available on the Cambridge History Faculty website on


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.