Durham University

Department of History

Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 2nd in The Complete University Guide (2019) and The Guardian University Guide (2019). 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.

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Our top stories

Symeon Issue 9

The Department of History Alumni magazine now available online: https://www.dur.ac.uk/history/alumni/

(5 Jul 2019)

History alumna appointed new British High Commissioner to Kenya

Jane Marriott OBE (History, University College, 1994-97) has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya. Taking up the appointment in the summer, Jane will be the first woman to hold this important diplomatic role. Full news details: https://www.dur.ac.uk/experience/news/?itemno=39243

(4 Jul 2019)

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.