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Department of History


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Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide (2018). 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

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.

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43 North Bailey

Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities

Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.

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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...

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