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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

Monday 18 November 2019

  • History Society Talk 7:00pm, Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey, Dr Katherine Cross

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019

  • History Society Talk 7:00pm, Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey, Dr Tom Hamilton (Durham)

Our top stories

Dr James Kirby's article on the Botswana Elections

Recent article in 'The Conversation' by Dr James Kirby on the Botswana Election win: https://theconversation.com/botswanas-governing-party-wins-tight-election-but-biggest-tests-are-yet-to-come-125666

(28 Oct 2019)


Prof Julie-Marie Strange's research covered by The Guardian and Observer

How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man's best friends: Professor Julie-Marie Strange's project on the history of pets: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/19/pets-how-victorians-turned-beats-into-mans-best-friends

(22 Oct 2019)



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.