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History and Politics Tripos and your career

This new course balances a strong grounding in the two component subjects with the chance to explore the ways in which historical and political understanding together illuminate the modern world.

The course provides the opportunity to undertake intensive study in political science, the history of political thought, a wide variety of modern British, European, American and world history, conceptual issues in political science, and quantitative methods.

Students who take this degree will acquire a range of skills attractive to employers; the ability to work independently, to evaluate and discriminate between evidence, and to present arguments clearly and persuasively.

Recent graduates from the History degree and from the Politics and International Relations track of the Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) course have gone on to varied careers in the media, law, public administration, finance, teaching, and the charity sector. According to Unistats, who compare official course data from universities, 80% of Politics and 85% of history students have previously found employment in a professional or managerial job within six months of graduating.

Potential destinations of Cambridge history graduates

  • Intern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • Research, Jubilee Centre (think tank)
  • Customer Service Representative, Orega (letting agents)
  • Account, PWC
  • English Teacher (TEFL), London House
  • Content Producer, Betfair
  • Communications Intern, CharityComms (PR)
  • Consultant, Deloitte
  • Archives and Valuations Assistant, Bernard Quaritch
  • Church Apprentice, St Nicholas Church
  • Library Assistant, Norton Rose LLP
  • Production Assistant, Legalease Publishers
  • Junior Research Executive, Synovate (market research)
  • Viewing Assistant, Christie's
  • Policy Official, Civil Service
  • Graduate Manager, Network Rail

Potential destinations of Cambridge politics graduates

  • Civil Service Fast Stream
  • Trainee Manager (local government)
  • Police Officer, Metropolitan Police
  • Market Researcher, ipsos MORI
  • Trainee Trader (buyer) for Asda
  • Press Office intern with an arts charity
  • Teach First Graduate Teacher
  • Research Assistant in a university
  • TV Production Trainee
  • Postgraduate training in social work
  • Intern in a think tank
  • Youth Worker in a charity
  • Working for an MP, Westminster
  • Assistant Clinical Psychologist
  • Management Consultant
  • Solicitor