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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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3rd The Complete University Guide 2023
4th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
90% of students who graduated in 2018 are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation
2018 winner of the Athena Swan Bronze Award


Study with Us

Learn more about our degree programmes using the links below

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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Department News

Round table discussion on Ukraine recorded as part of Durham Book Festival

This round table discussion was recorded by Durham Book Festival in partnership with Durham University in September 2022 and brings a group of leading historians together to explore the history of the current conflict in Ukraine
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International physics honour for Durham University historian

A leading body representing physicists across the world has presented one of its most prestigious honours to a Durham historian.
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Diversity and inclusion

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

Job opportunities

See current job opportunities.

Our research

Find out more about our research. 

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Find out more about our alumni community.

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.


My Supported Progression journey

History student, Liv tells us about the Supported Progression Programme and the opportunities it has created for her at Durham.

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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Get in touch

Find out more about our department, courses and support. Contact us by phone or email below.

Department of History

Durham University
43 North Bailey

+44 (0) 191 334 1048

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