Sidney Sussex has particular strengths in both History and Politics, and students of this joint degree will be fully integrated into both subject groups.

Important Note Concerning Interviews for 2023

Please note, all undergraduate admissions interviews at Sidney Sussex for the 2023-24 admissions round will be held online. Further details regarding interview platform will follow.

Our History Fellowship is large and diverse, with a special focus on modern British, European and American history, and our students benefit from one of the best libraries for History in all of Cambridge.  All History and Politics students become members of the College's Confraternitas Historica, the oldest student-run history society in Europe.

Sidney also has a strong presence in Politics and International Relations, with Fellows' research interests including foreign policy analysis and the international politics of Europe, international security, international relations of African states, and the impact of nationalism on international relations.

Undergraduate Study

For more information about the Fellows and teaching in History and Politics, please also visit our webpages for the History and Human, Social and Political Sciences Triposes.

Written work

Two essays. We will send out more specific information about what is required after the UCAS deadline, but you will not need to write anything new specially for this.

Admissions assessment

Applicants invited to interview are required to take the History Admissions Assessment (see the History entry requirements on the University website for details of the HAA format).

  • All undergraduate admissions interviews at Sidney Sussex for the 2023-24 admissions round will be held online. Further details regarding interview platform will follow.
  • Two interviews, one in each subject. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow.
Subject requirements
  • Learn about our standard entry requirements for History and Politics on the University website.
  • At Sidney, we expect applicants to have a variety of relevant examination qualifications, though not necessarily in either politics or history; applicants will be expected to demonstrate an interest in both subjects and will be assessed on their potential to succeed in them.
  • Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.

Typical intake

1 - 3

Typical A-level offer


Typical IB offer

41-42 points overall, with 776 at Higher Level

Postgraduate Study

At the University of Cambridge applications for postgraduate study are processed centrally by the Postgraduate Admissions Office. The application form and supporting documents are submitted electronically via their website and the online self-service system, though academic decisions on applications are made by the Faculty or Department.


There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds. You can use the Postgraduate Admissions' Cambridge Funding Search to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. They also operate a Postgraduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

To find information about the funds available for postgraduate students at Sidney, visit our Studentships and funding page.

Useful links

Course directory | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Funding | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

How do I apply? | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

International students | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Opportunities to work, travel, and study

The College is able to offer financial support for a number of student pursuits including:

  • Professional and research internships
  • Study awards
  • Vacation travel
  • Arts and music
  • Sport

While it will not be possible to provide support in all cases, current students are strongly encouraged to apply if they have a project which would benefit from financial support.

Discover more on our Opportunities to work, travel, and study page.