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Welcome to the Department of History

Welcome to History at York!

Professor Laura Stewart, Head of Department.

I am proud to be Head of one of the world's outstanding History Departments: we are ranked 9th in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023) and in the Top 50 globally (QS World University Rankings 2021). 

At York, you will encounter innovative yet supportive small-group teaching, led by experts whose work receives international awards and stimulates public debate. Our research is world-leading. We were ranked 11th in REF 2021 for overall research quality, significance and impact, and 3rd nationally for research impact. Our extensive collaborations with partners in our beautiful historic city, as well as nationally and internationally, enables us to offer students and researchers at all levels many exciting opportunities to apply historical thinking in wider contexts. 

If you love History, you will love York.

Want to know more? Browse our website for our huge range of courses, covering 2000 years of history and every inhabited continent. Find out who we are and what we do on the 'Our People' page. Check out the Borthwick Institute for Archives and the unique resources we have here for studying history. Send us your queries by going to 'Contact Us'. Why not pay us a visit? Find out more about our Open Days by emailing or check on the University Visit pages for details.






Gender equality

‌We hold a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

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