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David McGruder

MSt in History student


I come from Kansas but chose to study at ICE because Cambridge is the best academic institution in the whole world. It’s great being with the other students too. They bring such a diversity of backgrounds and experiences – it’s wonderful how all those unique stories enrich the classroom. I am an Executive Director of a not-for-profit organisation and a youth and collegiate Pastor at a church in Dallas, Texas. In my work, I see a lot of injustice and inequality. Thanks to my History course, I can put that inequality into some form of context.


Helen Barrs

Helen completed two Undergraduate Certificates in Local History as well as an Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice


Born in a remote village during China’s Cultural Revolution, I rarely had books in my childhood and went to school at 10. Aged 33, with an economics degree, I came to the UK and earned an LLM and MPhil, as well as English language proficiency. In 2016, I became a qualified Cambridge tour guide, which has led me to take a Local History Certificate course at ICE. Lifelong learning has enriched my way of looking at life. As the T S Eliot poem says, “… what you do not know is the only thing you know … where you are is where you are not”.


Martin Garthwaite

MSt in History student


I struggled with dyslexia during my schooldays in London. Having not performed well, I left aged 16 and trained as a chef. A year later, I retrained in Information Technology and have worked there ever since. Nearly two decades on from my school difficulties, I decided I wanted to study for a degree, and now I’m hooked on learning. The History faculty at ICE is one of the best in the country. I love discovering new subjects alongside my interesting and diverse classmates, and the Master of Studies has given me a deeper understanding of a subject I’m passionate about.


History courses

We have a number of part-time History courses happening in 2020 including:

There are also a number of short and online courses in this area.

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