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

Hundreds of courses ranging across the history of the world from the medieval to the modern era

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

Friendly and collegial university environment packed with social events, sports, and activities

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. It offers you the opportunity to experience the excitement and challenges of living and studying at a prestigious university in another country, whilst also enjoying the full three years of your degree at York. History at York has a range of dedicated partnerships with highly-regarded universities around the world, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Waseda University, Tokyo; the Sorbonne, Paris and the University of Madrid. Find out more here.




History Department ranked 2nd in the country for research

Posted on Thursday 18 December 2014

History Department research excellence recognised in REF 2014

Huguenot Society Scholarship

Posted on Thursday 30 October 2014

York PhD student wins Huguenot Society Scholarship

York History Postgraduates' success in America and China

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2014

Two recent York History PhD students secure prestigious teaching positions in China and America





Departmental Research Seminar 28/1/15

'The Very Queer Appeal of Japan: Sexuality, Identity and Belonging in Postwar Expatriate Literary Cultures', Mark Pendleton, University of Sheffield


Departmental Research Seminar 4/2/15

‘Wycliffism, Orthodoxy and the Holy Name of Jesus in Late Fourteenth- and Early Fifteenth-Century England', Rob Lutton, University of Nottingham


World Hunger & the Healthy Animal: the veterinary solution to the post-war food crisis

Dr. Bresalier tells the story of how veterinary expertise and livestock animals became integral to the fight against world hunger after 1945.

Scholarships for Postgraduate Study

The department offers a range of scholarships for postgraduate study, including fully-funded studentships from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) consortium. For details and deadlines, see our funding pages: