We are one of the top universities in Europe for the advanced study of history. 

Since our foundation, we have always been cosmopolitan in outlook. We have strong ties to many countries and our undergraduate students have the opportunity to study abroad.

Our research and teaching are global in scope, but we are firmly grounded in the York community. You will be taught by internationally-recognised scholars who are friendly and encouraging.

Our collaborations with museums, archives and heritage sites in the historic city of York provide you with exciting opportunities to apply your historical knowledge in projects and placements.

Our vision

History at York is defined by the passion we put into understanding and interpreting the past.

We believe history is for everyone:

  • We aim for our high-quality teaching to be available to all, maintaining a strong tradition of academic support.
  • We are committed to the University's mission for public good by using history to ask difficult questions about the roots of global economic and social inequalities.

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What makes York special is that it brings together all kinds of people, united by their love of open debate, rigorous enquiry and asking questions. We're a community - not because we all think the same way, but because we respect difference and can disagree well.

Professor Laura Stewart, Head of Department

in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

in the QS Domestic University Rankings by Subject 2023

Our facilities

We have a wide range of facilities on campus, including:

  • JB Morrell and Raymond Burton libraries
  • Borthwick Institute for Archives
  • Humanities Research Centre

The city of York is also rich in nationally recognised historic collections that include York Minster Library, York City Archives, the National Railway Museum and York Museums Trust.

We have close links to the British Library Reading Room at Boston Spa where you can consult millions of items.

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A historical city

Our distinctive modern campus is sited in one of Europe's finest historic cities.

Our extensive collaborations and partnerships with historical and heritage organisations across York offer a range of opportunities to gain real-world experience.

An environment of inclusion

Understanding the role of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class in history, from the medieval era to the present day, is integral to our learning and teaching.

Recruitment, career development and promotion are key in ensuring fairness for our staff, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality.

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