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

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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.




Wellcome Trust Seed Award Success

Posted on Friday 13 November 2015

Dr João Nunes (Department of Politics) and Dr Alexander Medcalf (Department of History/Centre for Global Health Histories) have succeeded in obtaining Wellcome Trust Seed Funding for their interdisciplinary project ‘Community health workers in Brazil and the global movement for universal health coverage’.

Obituary: Professor John Bossy FBA

Posted on Friday 30 October 2015

We regret to announce that Professor John Bossy of the history department, died on 23 October, at the age of 82.

Lake Baikal

Posted on Friday 2 October 2015

Prof David Moon visits Lake Baikal, Siberia as part of Leverhulme International Network project





Chikungunya: Global Health Histories Seminar 95

The ninth GHH seminar of the year, focussing on Chikungunya


"Anniversaries and commemoration: constructing community and temporality"

"Anniversaries and commemoration: constructing community and temporality"


"Not Everyone Can be a Gandhi": The Global Indian Medical Diaspora in the post-WWII Era

Professor David Wright presents a free public lecture on the global Indian medical diaspora in the post-WWII era