What Will You Study

Develop your critical abilities within a vibrant department of like-minded students, tutors and expert scholars.

The first year of study is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to some major historical topics and themes from the period after the Roman Empire to the present day.  Using a wide range of primary sources, you’ll gain insights into how historians conduct research and interpret the past to better understand the reasons for changing historical interpretations.

In your second and third years you can design your own History degree, focusing on the themes, periods and nations which interest you the most, with options that include British, European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern history, from the eighth century BC to the twentieth century.

The Department of History is a thriving centre of historical teaching and research. Our undergraduate programme scored 96% overall satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey and our research environment was ranked 100% world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014). 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 and The Greater Manchester Museums Group.

All our teaching is informed by ground-breaking scholarship. Staff members have written dozens of books on subjects ranging from religious belief in Ancient Greece to the relations between Britain and Russia in the twentieth century. They also contribute to TV and radio programmes and provide advice to museums and galleries across Britain.