M.Phil. On Campus

Economic and Social History

University of Cambridge

11 months
28893 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil in Economic and Social History offered by the University of Cambridge is widely regarded as one of the best in the world with much pioneering work in social history, demographic history, financial history and the history of economic thought being done here. 


The MPhil in Economic and Social History offered by the University of Cambridge provides extremely thorough training in statistical and social science methodology while building on other strengths such as an emphasis on researching economic relations and institutions as cultural phenomena.

The MPhil in Economic and Social History combines taught and research elements over an 11-month full-time programme which includes taught modules, training in social science research methods encompassing quantitative and qualitative analytical tools, and a long piece of independent research.

Throughout the course, students will be supervised by a dedicated member of staff, who will guide their research towards the completion of an original historical subject chosen and developed by them. In addition, students will benefit from Cambridge’s vibrant research environment, attending and participating in seminars, workshops and other events throughout the year.

The course is designed for those who have completed degrees in which history is the main or at least a substantial component and who want to consolidate their knowledge of economic and social history. It is particularly appropriate for those who may wish to continue on to a PhD, at Cambridge or elsewhere, but it is also well-suited for those who seek simply to explore economic and social history at a deeper level. It is expected that this will be the normal means by which those without an appropriate master’s degree from elsewhere will prepare for the PhD degree in Economic and Social History at Cambridge.

Learning Outcomes

Students on the MPhil in Economic and Social History will be provided with an in-depth study of some of the key areas of research in economic and social history and all students will have a supervisor who will guide them through the requirements of the course and, most crucially, the dissertation.

In this manner, all students are provided with the historiographical knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand and evaluate existing research and to pursue research in their own fields of intellectual interest. Through individual supervisions and group classes, students are introduced to the more specialized and intensive nature of research required at a postgraduate level.

By the end of the course, students will have developed:
  • A deeper understanding of their chosen area of social and economic history and the critical debates within it
  • A conceptual and technical understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies
  • The ability to situate their own research within current and past methodological and interpretative developments in the field

Programme Structure


The MPhil in Economic and Social History is an 11-month full-time programme which combines elements of formal teaching with independent research. Students on the MPhil will join a group of researchers of all levels within the field of economic and social history, allowing them to integrate into the research culture at Cambridge.

The MPhil involves four assessed components:
  • a core course (eight two-hour classes)
  • two option courses chosen from a list offered by the Faculty (eight two- hour classes for each option)
  • a 4,000-word dissertation proposal essay and a dissertation

All students will also be required to attend a number of short courses in Social Sciences Research Methods which provide research students with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods skills that are relevant across the social sciences. These are not assessed but are a compulsory part of the training required for the MPhil in Economic and Social History.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Personal development questionnaire
  • Sample of work
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28893 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28893 GBP per year during 11 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 11 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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