The Department of History covers a wide range of British, European and world History from the early medieval period to the present. Whatever your interest, whether cultural, social, political or economic history – there is someone with related expertise in the department.

The University has been ranked as one of the world’s top 100 Institutions to study History in the 2019 QS World Rankings and Times Higher Education ranked the University of Birmingham's Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.

We have an excellent research environment and also host major research projects relating to both contemporary and earlier periods. Researchers are supported by the excellent resources of the University Library, and have easy access to record offices and libraries in the region.

Students have access to working space and to computing facilities in the postgraduate suites shared with postgraduates in other related disciplines, through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

In addition to regular supervision, research seminars give staff and postgraduates the opportunity to present their findings, to discuss methods and results, and to meet and to hear papers from visiting scholars.

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Scholarships and discounts still available for September 2020

Apply now for September 2020 and you could receive a £2000 discount on your tuition fees with our Birmingham Masters Scholarship. Apply by 31 July.

Already an undergraduate student at the University of Birmingham? Continue your postgraduate degree with us and receive a £1500 discount. Apply by 10 September 2020.

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Rose Parkinson

The School of History and Cultures hosts workshops and seminars throughout the year in which students are invited to come and listen to the leading experts in respective fields discussing their work. They actively encourage student engagement, which creates a lovely sense of participation and contribution.”

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