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History and Politics

  • Number of students per year: up to three
  • Typical offer: A*AA or equivalent
  • Essential subjects: none
  • Useful subjects: History

History and Politics is an exciting new course which will run for the first time in October 2017.

It offers subjects from Cambridge's highly regarded History, Politics, and International Relations courses, together with bespoke papers which will allow students to explore the space between the two disciplines.

You'll develop skills in analysing the operation of power and politics across histories, institutions, and societies around the world. You'll also be able to build strengths in understanding the nature of evidence, methodology, and approaches in both History and Politics. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of topics in British, European, American, and world history and politics.

The interests of the current Fellows in History and Politics at Jesus range widely across different periods and places, all of the History and Politics Fellows regularly teach Jesus undergraduates. We place particular emphasis on getting to know our undergraduates and teaching them in College, as well as sending them to expert supervisors in other Colleges.

Jesus has a large, friendly existing community of undergraduates studying both the single honours History course and Politics as part of the Human, Social, and Political Sciences course, making the College an ideal place to study the new, joint course.

Find out more on the University webpage.


Our typical conditional offer is usually for an A* and two A grades at A-Level or equivalent. History and Politics at university level is an interdisciplinary field that draws on a variety of skills that can be acquired through studying many different subjects. It's not essential to have studied either History or Politics, you'll be assessed on your interest in both subjects and your ability to succeed at them.

We welcome applications from students with other qualifications comparable to A-Level, such as the Scottish Advanced Highers, the International Baccalaureate, and other foreign school leaving examinations.

Written assessment

All applicants for History & Politics are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. You can find out more about the assessment on the University undergraduate History pages.

Your performance in the assessment won't be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

No special knowledge or preparation is needed, the test is designed to assess your analytical ability and thinking skills. See the University undergraduate History and Politics pages for more information.


In light of Covid we are currently reviewing whether we shall be holding virtual or College-based interviews and will provide further details in the future.

In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff, all 2020 interviews were held online. A typical virtual interview for History and Politics usually consists of two 25 minute online interviews with the Director of Studies and subject Fellows. The interviews aim to assess your intellectual ability, enthusiasm, and commitment to the subject. The interviews give us a chance to have a conversation with you about your interests in History and Politics. We want to assess your academic potential to study both subjects, but we also want to know why you are interested in studying them. We may also ask you some questions about your submitted essays (see below). The interview also gives you a chance to ask us questions. However, this format may change depending on government guidelines for 2021.

There is the possibility that interviews this year could take place in College or online once again. We will provide further details as soon as we are able.

Written work

You'll be asked to submit one short classwork essay of up to 2,000 words for illustrative purposes.  An extract of longer coursework can be submitted instead of an essay.  This can be from any subject, and won't necessarily be discussed during your interview.

Deferred and post A-Level entry

We're happy to consider post A-Level and deferred applications in History and Politics.

We also welcome applications from mature students. You will normally have already achieved A*AA at A-Level, and you'll have to go through the normal competitive process with the other applicants. We will also consider second time applicants without prejudice.

Find out how to apply to study at Jesus.



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