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Undergraduate degrees in history

Uncover the complex dynamics that have shaped past societies. Tackle key issues that have driven human history, from state formation to cultural politics.

Why study history at York?

At York, we offer a wide choice of courses that cross the globe and take in nearly 2,000 years of history, from the fall of Rome to the present day. 

You'll benefit from small-group teaching, allowing you to hone your critical analysis skills in a supportive environment. Study one of our flexible courses, harness your academic potential and we'll equip you with the skills needed to succeed after graduating.

Our courses

Course options

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course.

If you're studying at a university outside the UK, you may be able to spend up to a year in York as a visiting student. 

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of History.

Strong industry links

We have strong partnerships and consultancies with museums, archives, heritage sites, the media, artists and community organisations, to explore the many ways that the past is presented in society.

Gold-standard education

Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in their latest national assessment (2023 Teaching Excellence Framework).

Our facilities

We have various specialised teaching and learning spaces, including the Borthwick Institute for Archives, which holds church records dating back to 1225, health records for York and especially mental health, the Rowntree archive, and collections relating to India and Southern Africa in the 20th century. This is a unique archive distinctive to York.

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  • You'll develop critical thinking, communication and analysis skills through our history degrees, all of which are valued by employers.
  • You'll have access to our Careers and Placements team who can help you devise a tailored career plan. They can also alert you to various internship opportunities.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work as diplomats, solicitors, teachers, museum directors and journalists.

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Student stories

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Free online courses

Reimagine what you think history is by exploring a diverse selection of engaging and unusual episodes from York’s past.

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