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Durham University

Department of History

Department of History


Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide (2020) and The Times Good University Guide (2020). We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

Sarah Davies, Head of Department



World Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

Durham gains highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020 place Durham University 27th among the world’s leading universities – up three places from last year. This is the fifth consecutive year we’ve ranked in the top 30 for Arts and Humanities in this league table.


Events and Seminars

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Tuesday 14 January 2020

  • History Society Talk 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey, Professor Andy Wood (Durham)

Wednesday 15 January 2020


Our top stories

New Publication Launch - Ordered Universe Research Project

Knowing and Speaking - Launched

Congratulations to Professor Giles Gasper and the Ordered Universe project team on their recent release of their first publication

(21 Nov 2019) » Read more New Publication Launch - Ordered Universe Research Project


The Journal - news article - by Dr Barbara Crosbie

Article by Dr Barbara Crosbie in The Journal

News article in The Journal by Dr Barbara Crosbie in advancement of the forthcoming plaque unveiling for Anne Fisher (prominent author, educationalist and printer) at St John's Church, Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne on 9 December.

(21 Nov 2019) » Read more The Journal - news article - by Dr Barbara Crosbie



Contact Us

Department of History
Durham University
43 North Bailey
Durham
DH1 3EX


Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 1048

Athena Swan Award

In October 2018 the Department of History was delighted to achieve the 'Athena Swan Bronze Award' recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in academia, progressing our students into academia and improving our work environment for all staff. Find out more information here.