Lucy Cavendish aims to admit two to three undergraduates in History each year, and recent students have made exceptional progress in both Part I and II of the course. We also currently have six MPhil and seven PhD Historians, making for a warm and supportive subject community in college.

The BA in History is internationally renowned, and the breadth of teaching expertise within the Faculty is such that it can accommodate many different interests and approaches to historical study. Cambridge History graduates are highly employable and the course provides a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and broadcasting to law, business and finance.

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

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance 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.

Director of Studies

Dr Duncan Needham

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




Student more

Sam was a self-taught A-level student who initially trained in accountancy before taking a role with the Birmingham Museums Service and realizing that history, not numbers, excited her...

Kate grew up in Northern Ireland and worked in waitressing, hospitality and the airline industry for ten years prior to completing an Access to HE Diploma at Southern Regional College...

Alicja is from Poland, and came to Lucy Cavendish with the International Baccalaureate, having also spent a foundation year at the School of Oriental and African Studies...

Cherish is from Norfolk, and has a background in environmental educational consultancy and web design, as well as an AQA Baccalaureate...