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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (WUR) ,
The PhD in History is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of a dissertation and an oral viva voce examination. The primary purpose of the PhD is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of independent and original academic research, completed in three or four years if studying full-time and five years if studying part-time.

About

Every PhD student in the Faculty of History is supported by a supervisor (or in some cases, supervisors). Supervisors are experts in their field of study and support students throughout the PhD. Students will also benefit from the advice and support of other academic members of the Faculty who will be involved in progression through the various stages of the PhD, from the registration assessment exercise at the end of the first year through to the completion of the thesis.

Most of our PhD students study here full-time but each year we admit a number of students who wish to study on a part-time basis. Part-time study can be ideal for those who are looking to gain a postgraduate qualification without leaving employment and wish to develop their careers while they continue earning, or for those who are home based for whatever reason and wish to develop their skills. 

However, it’s important to note that the part-time PhD at Cambridge is not a distance-learning course. Part-time students are expected to fully engage with the Faculty, to integrate into the research culture of the University and to attend the University on a regular basis for supervision, study, skills training, research seminars and workshops.

Throughout their time at the Faculty, PhD students are encouraged to attend one or more of the Faculty’s graduate workshops in their subject group or area of research. These workshops are spaces for PhD students to share their work and collaborate with visiting speakers, academic and peers. 

Learning Outcomes

The Cambridge PhD is designed as structured, flexible and individual preparation for becoming a professional researcher. It will help students develop the core skills needed by an arts, humanities or social sciences professional researcher of the future, which are valued by both academic and non-academic employers.

Continuing

The Faculty’s MPhil programmes provide excellent preparation for doctoral study and many of our MPhil students choose to stay at Cambridge to pursue a Cambridge PhD.

Students wishing to continue to the PhD are expected to achieve an overall average of 70 in their MPhil with a mark of at least 70 in their dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      5-7 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Thesis

The primary purpose of PhD study is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of original research in the form of a dissertation. From the very beginning of the PhD course, the student focuses primarily on the writing of the dissertation.

A successful PhD dissertation in Cambridge must meet the following examination criteria:

  • It must represent a significant contribution to learning through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of a new theory or the revision of older views.
  • It must take due account of previously published work on the subject.
  • It must be clearly and concisely written and must not exceed a maximum of 80,000 words (excluding footnotes and the bibliography)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    110

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic References
  • Transcripts
  • Research Proposal
  • Gates Cambridge References
  • Funding Letter
  • Evidence of Competence in English
  • GRE Scores
  • CV/Resumé
  • Written Work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23361 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23361 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8337 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8337 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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