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Welcome to the Department of History at Lancaster University

  • History at LancasterThe Department of History is a thriving centre of teaching and research at the heart of a vibrant modern university
  • History for life!There is much more to life at Lancaster than a degree. Join the vibrant History Society and take part in a wide range of educational and social activities.
  • Highly ratedWith a 94% satisfaction rate, our history courses are both challenging and enjoyable
  • Postgraduate degrees with an edgeA wide range of research expertise in a stimulating environment for postgraduate work
  • Research Excellence82% of Lancaster University History Departmentís research has been ranked world-leading or internationally excellent, the two highest categories, in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Rooted in the north west and its historyThe Regional Heritage Centre offers a rich programme of activities on local history open to the public
  • A history degree with a 'personal touch'Learn from experts in a friendly department and a supportive environment
History at Lancaster1 History for life!2 Highly rated3 Postgraduate degrees with an edge4 Research Excellence5 Rooted in the north west and its history6 A history degree with a 'personal touch'7
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A wide range of challenging history degrees, high-quality teaching and an enjoyable learning experience.

Degrees and Modules»


We offer a flexible MA programme in history with a wide range of taught modules and placement choices.

MA in History »


Expert supervision in a broad range of areas, periods and topics, within a vibrant postgraduate community.

Research Degrees»


We are a buzzing centre of historical learning, with expertise covering a wide chronological and geographic span.

Research Profile»

Regional Heritage

The Regional Heritage Centre (RHC) offers a rich programme of activities in local history and archaeology to the public.

Visit the RHC website»



26 June 2015 Launch of Local History Resources for Schools online

25 June 2015 MA in History in the news

1 June 2015 Lancaster in top 10 for History

28 May 2015 Professor Joseph Shennan

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There are no forthcoming events.

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Clio 50

Clio50 is an online magazine featuring writings by people of the History Department. Issue no. 3 is now available!

Download the current issue of Clio50 »


The Department of History

Bowland College

We have built a reputation for exemplary teaching, outstanding research and care for our students in one of the world's top universities.


Why study with us

Lecture students

We provide an innovative curriculum of great diversity, delivered by experts in their fields, in a supportive learning environment.


What our students say

What our students say

The Department prides itself on offering its students an excellent learning experience. Find out what our current and past students say about us.



Featured video

Watch Professor Keith Wrightson's lecture on "Common people in the age of
Elizabeth I"

Research in Action

Streets of Mourning: a unique interactive map highlighting the homes of Lancaster casualties in the First World War.


Iredell Public Lecture 2015

Professor Miles Taylor (York) gave the Iredell Public Lecture for 2015 on 'Magna Carta and the Victorians' on Wednesday May 6.



Follow Eleanor through
her first year studying

Heritage placements - the inside story

Read about our 2nd year student placements with heritage organisations.

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