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.
- History (BA)
- History and Economics (BA)
- History and History of Art (BA)
- History and Philosophy (BA)
- History and Politics (BA)
- English and History (BA)
- Languages (French) and History (with a year abroad) (BA)
- Languages (German) and History (with a year abroad) (BA)
- Languages (Italian) and History (with a year abroad) (BA)
- Languages (Spanish) and History (with a year abroad) (BA)
Scholarships and funding
Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of History.
A city of history and heritage
York's rich past is a microcosm of history, from Roman invasion, through conquest, civil war and sweeping social reforms, to the rapid changes of the past hundred years. Our beautiful historic architecture, museums and galleries make York the ideal place to study.
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.
Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).
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.
- 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.
Hear from our current students and graduates.
Scholarships and funding
Find out more about funding your degree.
Free online courses
Reimagine what you think history is by exploring a diverse selection of engaging and unusual episodes from York’s past.
Explore what higher education is all about and learn tips for making the most of your university life and study in our next steps to university course.