Lucy Cavendish aims to admit at least three undergraduates in History and Politics each year, and recent students in these areas have made exceptional progress during their time at the College. We also currently have around fifteen postgraduate Historians and Political Scientists, making for a warm and supportive subject community in college.

The new BA in will offer students the opportunity to undertake intensive study in political science, the history of political thought, a range of topics in modern British, European, American and world history, conceptual issues in political science, and quantitative methods. Cambridge History and Politics graduates are highly employable and the course should provides a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and broadcasting to PR, law, business and finance.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable
  • Some prior formal study of History is highly desirable, but not absolutely essential.

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Directors of Studies:  Dr Duncan Needham (History) and Dr Marissa Quie (Politics)

'My research spans the economic history, particularly the monetary and 
financial history, of the United Kingdom, Germany and France across 
three centuries.'