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Prospective Students

Durham University has one of the most highly regarded history departments in the UK and our students love being here.

This reputation is the product of the quality and commitment of our staff, and the breadth of our teaching, which reflects the research interests of a department with an international outlook.

We offer modules covering periods from the Middle Ages to the present and many different parts of the world: Chinese, Japanese, African, South Asian and US history are all taught at Durham University, alongside British and other European history. Our degree programmes reflect the rich variety of historiographical writing, including cultural, media and gender history as well as political, religious, social, economic, international and environmental history.

We are proud to attract so many bright and articulate students, who achieve excellent results and proceed to successful careers in both the private and public sectors.

A culture of research

We believe that students should be part of our research culture through research-led education. From the start, you are introduced to and will work with staff on a rich array of primary sources, often taking advantage of Durham’s unique archive and museum collections. These range from beautiful illuminated medieval manuscripts in the cathedral archive, through the ceramics, prints, textiles and more held by the Oriental Museum, to the wealth of administrative and personal records of the Sudan Archive, and much more. We encourage you to develop an understanding of what is meant by ‘history’, its complexities, strengths and limitations, and to challenge assumptions about and misuses of the past.

To learn more about studying history at Durham, please watch this introductory video by Dr Julie Marfany and the following clips about the forms of teaching here at Durham, including our lectures and small-group seminars.

Studying History at Durham:

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Lectures:

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Seminars:

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