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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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5th The Complete University Guide 2022
3rd in The Times Good University Guide 2020
90% of students who graduated in 2018 are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation
2018 winner of the Athena Swan Bronze Award

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  • Undergraduate study

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

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  • Postgraduate study

    The History Department is deeply committed to postgraduate education. We have a strong and dedicated postgraduate community made up of MA and PhD students, who organise and contribute to academic activities.

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Undergraduate study

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

Students sitting round a table with laptops

Postgraduate study

The History Department is deeply committed to postgraduate education. We have a strong and dedicated postgraduate community made up of MA and PhD students, who organise and contribute to academic activities.

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Look at some of our latest videos

Helen Roche in the news

Helen Roche’s new book, The Third Reich’s Elite Schools: A History of the Napolas (just out with Oxford University Press) is generating a wave of media attention. It has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, Metro, and Sky News. She was on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland (start at 1.48.50) and on Irish National Radio NewsTalk (The Moncrieff Show), and she has written a piece about the book for The Conversation. Coming up are appearances on BBC Radio Berkshire and the History Hit ‘Warfare’ podcast. 

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Learn more about the modules we offer at Durham
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Research Projects

Read about some of our other research projects
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Department News

Thebes Scholarship announced

Durham History Department is pleased to announce the Thebes History Scholarship, which will first be offered to students beginning their degree in academic year 2022/23
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Prof. Clifford named finalist for Cundill History Prize

Prof. Clifford's book, 'Survivors: Children's Lives After the Holocaust', has been named a finalist in the prestigious Cundill History Prize
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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.
Find out where we are
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Student blogs

Hear from our history students at Durham University.

Highlights

My Supported Progression journey

History student, Liv tells us about the Supported Progression Programme and the opportunities it has created for her at Durham.
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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
Durham
DH1 3EX

+44 (0) 191 334 1048

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