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.




Register now for the Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Virtual Open Day, 9 June 2015

Posted on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at York.

Department of History ranked in the world top 50

Posted on Wednesday 29 April 2015

We are proud to announce that we have been ranked in the top 50 departments for History in the QS World University Rankings 2015.

York History Professor awarded prestigious book prize

Posted on Monday 30 March 2015

Alexander Nove Prize in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies awarded to Anniversary Professor in History





The Norman Conquest in York: a Reassessment

Yorkshire Philosophical Society public lecture


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.