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 2021 QS World Rankings and Times Higher Education ranked the University of Birmingham's Department of History eighth in the country in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2021 based on Grade Point Average.
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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The College of Arts and Law is offering a range of scholarships for our postgraduate taught and research programmes to ensure that the very best talent is nurtured and supported.
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