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Our research

Groundbreaking expertise spanning the globe. 

Our researchers are leading experts in their fields. They are committed to sharing knowledge and expertise with future generations of historians and people and organisations beyond academia.

We have a thriving and internationally renowned research culture with an impressive track record of securing grants for new projects.

Ranked second for overall research performance in the Research Excellence Framework

(Times Higher Education 2014)

Research strengths

We support all kinds of approaches to studying the past, ranging from economic and social history to political, religious and cultural history.

The body of globally-recognised research we produce pays testimony to our vibrant research environment and culture of continuing intellectual exchange.

Impact and engagement

We work with heritage organisations, NGOs  and policymakers so that our research achieves impact.

We also actively engage with the public through lectures and media appearances as well as through publications. 


Period-based centres

Much of our research is produced through York’s internationally renowned research centres which bring together expertise spanning the Middle Ages to the present day.

University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is firmly embedded in our strategy and culture. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:

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We work closely with the Humanities Research Centre, an interdisciplinary hub for research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at York.


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Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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News and Events

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