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Welcome to the Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History. We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

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4th The Complete University Guide 2025
4th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
88% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021)
5th Guardian University Guide 2024


Study with Us

Learn more about our degree programmes using the links below

Undergraduate study

Our Department offers modules that range from the local to the global. We teach everything from the history of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria to the making of modern Africa.
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Postgraduate study

The History Department is deeply committed to postgraduate education, and has a strong and dedicated postgraduate community made up of MA and PhD students.
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Learn more about Professor Rebecca Clifford's research exploring the history of child Holocaust survivors.

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Department News

Histories of Scottish Politics in the Age of Union, c.1700-1945

Registration is now open for the conference Histories of Scottish Politics in the Age of Union, c.1700-1945, taking place at Durham University, Tuesday-Wednesday 23-24 July 2024.
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Diversity and inclusion

Find out more about our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Job opportunities

See current job opportunities.

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Our research

Find out more about our research. 

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Find out more about our alumni community.

Our location

The History Department at Durham has established itself firmly as one of the top departments in the UK.

Staff and students are part of a vibrant learning community, set within the magnificent location of Durham’s World Heritage Site.
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Student blogs

Hear from our history students at Durham University.


My Supported Progression journey

History student, Liv tells us about the Supported Progression Programme and the opportunities it has created for her at Durham.

24 hours in the life of a 2nd year History student

Find out what it's like being a History student at Durham.
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Get in touch

Find out more about our department, courses and support. Contact us by phone or email below.

Department of History

Durham University
43 North Bailey

+44 (0) 191 334 1048

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