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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

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Thursday 20 February 2020

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Monday 2 March 2020

  • History Society Talk 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey, Prof. Beat Kümin

Tuesday 3 March 2020

  • DUCCAH Seminar Series 2019-20 5:15pm to 6:30pm, Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey, Sarah Vaughan (Independent / Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh)

Our top stories



NSS 2020 is now open for completion. Final year students can complete the survey here:

Your experience and suggestions do matter to us.

(31 Jan 2020)

New article published by Dr Kevin Waite

Article published in the Los Angeles Times by Dr Kevin Waite: Op-Ed: California's forgotten slave history

(21 Jan 2020)

Contact Us

Department of History
Durham University
43 North Bailey

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.