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About our courses

Studying local and regional history at ICE involves detailed study of communities and the close reading of original primary documents. Courses tackle particular themes, such as the family or religion, and different time periods.

All good local and regional history relates its findings to the national picture and to the wider findings of other historians.

View our full range of Local and Regional History courses

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate in Local History: Evaluating the past through British Local History Register Interest
Certificate in History Register Interest
Certificate in Historic Building Conservation - new for 2019 Register Interest

Our Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4 (roughly equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. These are entry level qualifications and are designed to kick off your history of art studies. Many certificate students go on to study higher level qualifications, such as a diploma, following completion of a certificate.

Master of Studies Degree

MSt in History Apply Now
MSt in Building History Apply Now

This MSt is designed for those who wish to study at postgraduate level and are keen to develop high-level skills in historical research. Two thematic strands are available: British local and regional history and (for 2018–20) Global history. You will specialise in one of these two themes, studying taught modules and undertaking original research, culminating in a dissertation of 16,000–20,000 words.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

Local and Regional History Tutors

Dr Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams is ICE's Academic Director and University Senior Lecturer in Local and Regional History. She teaches a range of local, social and economic history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Her research interests are in the history of English poverty in the 18th and 19th centuries.

About our tutors

Local history courses at ICE are taught by tutors with specialisms in a wide variety of topics and periods, including medieval towns; the history of Cambridge and Godmanchester; popular religion in the 18th and 19th centuries; consumerism and material culture; poverty and welfare; the family; the history of medicine; industrialisation; the history of crime; early modern popular protest and riots; and will-making and palaeography.

What our students say

If you're thinking of applying but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

Read what our students say

Find out more

For more information about any of these courses, please contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.