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Welcome to the Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History. We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

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4th The Complete University Guide 2024
4th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
88% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021)
5th Guardian University Guide 2024

                

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Undergraduate study

Our Department offers modules that range from the local to the global. We teach everything from the history of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria to the making of modern Africa.
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Postgraduate study

The History Department is deeply committed to postgraduate education, and has a strong and dedicated postgraduate community made up of MA and PhD students.
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Learn more about Dr Tom Hamilton's research into early modern criminal justice

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Department News

  • How 16th century survivors of wartime sexual violence found justice

    Dr Tom Hamilton from our Department of History has discovered criminal records revealing a rare, 400-year-old legal case which successfully prosecuted a soldier for sexual crimes during Europe’s notoriously violent Wars of Religion.
    Sixteenth century image of Murder of the Protestants at Sens, 1562
  • Launching Environmental Histories and Futures of the North East

    The Environmental Histories and Futures of the North East (EHFNE) project brings together North East academic researchers in the social sciences and humanities and community organisations to create opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. The project aims to foster future research partnerships that centre local interests and community priorities through regular seminars and community steering group meetings.
    A group of students and staff in a seminar room
  • Festive traditions were once a foodie adventure

    Winter celebrations such as Christmas and New Year have long been associated with feasting. But, what are now seen as festive food traditions (think mince pies and richly spiced fruit cakes) were once a bold and daring foodie adventure.
    Mince pies on a platter

Launching Environmental Histories and Futures of the North East

The Environmental Histories and Futures of the North East (EHFNE) project brings together North East academic researchers in the social sciences and humanities and community organisations to create opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. The project aims to foster future research partnerships that centre local interests and community priorities through regular seminars and community steering group meetings.
A group of students and staff in a seminar room

Festive traditions were once a foodie adventure

Winter celebrations such as Christmas and New Year have long been associated with feasting. But, what are now seen as festive food traditions (think mince pies and richly spiced fruit cakes) were once a bold and daring foodie adventure.
Mince pies on a platter

 

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Diversity and inclusion

Find out more about our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Job opportunities

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Our research

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Alumni

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Our location

The History Department at Durham has established itself firmly as one of the top departments in the UK.

Staff and students are part of a vibrant learning community, set within the magnificent location of Durham’s World Heritage Site.
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Student blogs

Hear from our history students at Durham University.

Highlights

My Supported Progression journey

History student, Liv tells us about the Supported Progression Programme and the opportunities it has created for her at Durham.
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24 hours in the life of a 2nd year History student

Find out what it's like being a History student at Durham.
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Find out more about our department, courses and support. Contact us by phone or email below.

Department of History

Durham University
43 North Bailey
Durham
DH1 3EX

+44 (0) 191 334 1048

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