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Department of History

Welcome to Durham University History Department, one of the leading centres in the UK for the study of History. We were ranked as the top UK History Department by the Complete University Guide in 2015 and by the Times and Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014, and second by the Guardian University Guide in 2015. Our research expertise and teaching provision extends from the early Middle Ages to contemporary history; from Britain and Europe (including Russia) to America, Africa and China; and across social, cultural, gender, visual, political and economic history. We know that flexibility and choice are key components of a positive university experience for students, and so we offer a varied range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that can be tailored to students' interests.

One of the seven departments which make up the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and located in the historic heart of Durham, the History Department is close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cathedral and Castle. The University has excellent libraries, with archives and book collections of international significance and which provide access to a huge range of online resources, making us a perfect choice for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Contact Details

43 North Bailey

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50

MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

This MA programme offers outstanding interdisciplinary training in the study of the medieval and early modern past (AD 300-1700). Teaching is undertaken by an almost unrivalled cluster of subject-specialists, drawn from a range of departments and disciplines including History, Archaeology, Theology, English Studies, Modern Languages, Classics, and Philosophy. Explore a turbulent and exciting world. more...

Research Resources

Research Resources

Durham has unique research resources and special collections of international significance. Click here to learn more ....