History Summer School
21 July – 3 August 2013
Programme Director: Dr David Smith FRHistS
The History Summer School gives you the chance to study in detail specific historical figures, periods or events. A team of eminent historians offer courses that cover a wide range of problems and themes in British, European and global history. You can choose courses that complement one another or you may wish to select ones that address the broadest possible historical period.
Focus on: History
Dr David Smith FRHistS gives more insight into the forthcoming History programme. Read more...
Who should apply?
Students who have completed at least one year at an institute of higher education, or adults who bring other ‘life experience’. Some 50% of participants are current undergraduate or graduate students, 50% are aged 25-85+. Participants must also meet our language requirements.
The academic programme
- Four special subject courses
(two per week)
- Plenary course LM0:
- Evening lectures
Special subject courses
Much of the teaching is given in special subject classes, led by members of the University’s Faculty of History and visiting academics. The core of your programme will be your chosen special subject courses, each of which meets five times.
The format of the programme allows a wide choice of subject area: you may wish to attend courses which most obviously complement one another or you may opt to make a selection which covers the broadest historical period possible.
Week 1 (21 - 27 July)
Group La: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Group Ma: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 2 (28 July - 3 August)
Group Lb: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Group Mb: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Plenary lectures and evening talks
Each year, eminent historians from the University of Cambridge and beyond are invited to contribute plenary lectures related to a chosen theme. The theme of this year’s morning plenary lectures is Defining Moments. Collectively, the speakers will explore a range of historical events chosen from various periods and different parts of the world. These lectures are intended to extend your historical knowledge into areas not covered by the special subject courses, and to develop your understanding of the causes, nature and consequences of a series of crucially significant episodes.
A typical day
Download a PDF of the daily schedule of the History Summer School programme.
Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.
Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.
Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.
Download the fees page to see the options available.
University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848
Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.
Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.