About us

The School of History and Cultures offers a unique range of undergraduate and postgraduate study and research opportunities. 

Central Birmingham

It builds on the strengths of its constituent Departments: History, the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, and the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology. 

Although currently the School offers programmes from its constituent parts, the new school and college environment provides the opportunity to look ahead to the future, to take advantage of new opportunities and directions in historical and cultural research and teaching. Our departments have top class research and teaching scores, supported by staff who are renowned in their fields. 

History, whilst building upon a broad and excellent reputation, also offers new directions for those interested in:

  • The medieval and modern
  • War and religion
  • Politics and economies
  • The local and the global
  • Culture and society

African Studies and Anthropology is unique in its interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research in and of Africa, attracting students (and academics) from all parts of Africa, Europe, America and the Caribbean. DASA offers expertise in:

  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Development
  • Caribbean and African Literature
  • African Politics

The School of History and Cultures, like the University as a whole, is committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. Further information is provided on the University Equality and Diversity web pages. 

Our commitment to gender equality was recognised by Athena Swan in May 2024. You can find out more about our commitment to the Athena Swan principles and Bronze Award on our Athena Swan page.