We offer incredible breadth of study, driven by our teaching staff's world class research expertise

Our 200-acre campus is just minutes from one of Europe's most beautiful cities

At the heart of a network of more than a dozen cutting-edge research centres and institutes

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Develop high-level skills to give yourself a crucial advantage in a competitive job market

Welcome to the Department of History at the University of York, ranked 2nd for the quality, significance and impact of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the most authoritative assessment of research quality in the UK. This confirms York’s reputation as one of the best history departments in the UK and the world. Ranked 8th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide subject league table for 2015, we are also one of the top departments in the world for the advanced study of History and related disciplines (QS world subject rankings 2014), combining groundbreaking research with degree programmes that offer incredible chronological breadth and geographical scope.

Please click below for more information about the degree programmes we offer, our staff, research activities and other things going on in the department.




BA degree programmes

New for 2014/2015: History with a Year Abroad (V/104)!

History with a Year Abroad is the department’s exciting new 4-year degree programme. Find out more here.




York Historic Town Atlas Study Day

Posted on Friday 5 February 2016

An illustrated atlas of the history of the remarkable city of York, concentrating on the growth and form of the settlement across two thousand years, was published in December 2015

Bielefeld-Lund-York Graduate Conference

Posted on Wednesday 3 February 2016

A Graduate Conference is to take place in Bielefeld (Germany) between 23-24 May 2016 including contributions from PhD students studying at Lund (Sweden) and York

Lund-York PhD Student Desk Exchange

Posted on Wednesday 3 February 2016

An exciting initiative between Lund University and the University of York to host a PhD student desk exchange





Departmental Research Seminar 10/02/16

'Citadels of Modernity: Reclaiming the Past and Proclaiming the Future in Japan's Castles' - Oleg Benesch, University of York


Departmental Research Seminar 17/02/16

'"The Best and Most Practical Philosophers": Seamen and Credibility in Early Modern Science' - Philippa Hellawell, University of York


Afternoon Workshop on Commemoration

The first half of the workshop will be focused by two presentations exploring contrasting perspectives on the commemoration of a particular historical event – the 1453 Fall/Conquest of Constantinople