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. Find out more here.




Marie Curie Fellowship

Posted on Thursday 5 February 2015

Fellowship application success for Simon Ditchfield

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





Departmental Research Seminar 4/3/15

'Gian Pietro Carafa and Church Reform: Institutions and Inquisitions, 1524-1542', Andrea Vanni, University of York


Conceptualising Social Justice in 1936: Ellen Wilkinson, Unemployment, Anti-Fascism and Women's Rights

'Conceptualising Social Justice in 1936: Ellen Wilkinson, Unemployment, Anti-Fascism and Women's Rights', Laura Beers (Birmingham), part of the HaPaY seminar series