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History, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
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Eminent historians, members of the University's Faculty of History and visiting academics offer courses covering a wide range of problems and themes in British, European and global history. You may wish to attend courses which complement one another or make a selection which covers the broadest historical period possible. 

The History programme at the University of Cambridge attracts current undergraduates and graduate students, and teachers of history, or those who have been engaged in historical study at some stage.  

Intended audience and previous knowledge

We welcome those coming from any background with a real commitment to the subject. Many courses offer introductions to new subject areas, others are a little more specialised. 

No prior knowledge of the history of any particular period or reign is expected, but there is usually required and/or supplementary reading which should be undertaken before you arrive in Cambridge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
  • Winston Churchill: the greatest Briton?
  • Europe: the age of empires, 1848-1914
  • From famine to revolution: Ireland 1845-1923
  • Russia after Stalin: from Krushchev to Putin 
  • Advent of the Tudors

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • The programme welcomes applications from all adults including university students, professionals and those with other experience, regardless of educational background. 
  • Gap year students (ie those who will already have finished high school by the start of the programmes) will be considered for admission. Due to the nature and location of the programmes, gap year students under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian acting as a chaperone. 
  • The chaperone will need to live in College in a room adjacent to the participant, and to attend classes with the participant. Chaperones are charged for accommodation and meals.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1400 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1400 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1400 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1400 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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