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Undergraduate NCH Essay Competition 2018

The 2018 Essay Competition is now closed to new entries. If you would like to hear about future essay competitions and other educational opportunities, please request a prospectus.

Register now to enter the NCH Essay Competition. NCH is inviting competition essay entries from students who are currently in their penultimate year of secondary education.  Our selection of essay titles engages across a broad range of humanities and social sciences topics and we look forward to receiving entries from talented and intellectually curious students who show passion and academic potential in the humanities and social sciences. We welcome entries from students located anywhere in the world.

Choose your essay title

Art History ‘Does contemporary art have social value?’

Economics ‘Can rich countries meaningfully help developing countries improve their standards of living?’

English ‘Does literature change anything?’

History ‘Is history dangerous?’

Law ‘Human Rights: Universal or a Western Construct?’

Philosophy ‘What is utilitarianism? Can it be defended?’

Politics & International Relations ‘Is war a pre-requisite for peace?’


First place £2,000 cash prize, plus £1,000 for your school or college

Second place £1,000 cash prize

Third place £500 cash prize

Fourth-Tenth prizes £40

How to enter

1. Register for the competition – please note the competition is now closed

2. Choose one of the essay titles

3. Write your 1,500-word essay

4. Submit your essay via email before 5pm, Sunday 20th May 2018

Who can enter

The NCH London Essay Competition is open to students who are currently in their penultimate (second to last) year of secondary education, year 12, and who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. This is a global competition, so we encourage entries from those studying anywhere in the world. Find full competition rules here.

Register here

Simply give us your details below to register for the competition.