What Will You Study

Drawing on modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, particularly the Department of History, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies degree will develop your critical abilities within a vibrant department of like-minded students and expert scholars.

On this course the core first year module is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to major historical topics and themes from the ancient world to the present day. You will gain insights into how historians conduct research and interpret the past and develop your own research, essay-writing and presentational skills.

Many History students choose to take additional, specialised modules on topics ranging from the fall of the Roman Empire to histories of violence and empire in the modern world.

The second part of the degree is mostly taught in collaboration with the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Drawing on expert advice, you will select modules that allow you to study the history of the period between 300 and 1700 as well as the culture, languages, literature and politics of the time, ranging from Celtic Britain to seventeenth-century Europe.

The Department of History is a thriving centre of historical teaching and research. Our undergraduate programme scored 95% overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey and our research environment was ranked 100% world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. The work of our Regional Heritage Centre puts us at the heart of the local historical community and enables us to offer a pioneering range of placements, with partners such as The National Trust, Cumbria County Council and The Duchy of Lancaster.