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About your course

Browse the information on this page to find out more about your course, and use the contacts section to get in touch if you have any questions. We'd love to hear from you!

Welcome to History

Discover History at Lancaster University.

Your Course

The History Department offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes that aim to make studying history a challenging, fascinating and enjoyable experience.

Whether you choose to major in history or combine history with other subjects, we offer you a wide choice of modules to cater for your interests and develop useful skills.

Subject guide

Download the subject guide to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach History, and what you'll study.

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Preparing for History

Download our Preparing for History guide to find out more about staff and life as a History student at Lancaster

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Message Jasmine with any questions about student life and studying at Lancaster. No question is too basic! "I'm in my third year at Lancaster studying History. I've loved my uni experience so far, especially joining societies and meeting new people who are now really close friends. Please message me with any questions, or if you just want to chat about uni!"

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions about your course or your application.

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About your application

Contact: Undergraduate Admissions

About your course

Contact: Dr Christopher Donaldson, Admissions Director for History

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What you need to know

Studentships and Essay Prizes

Lancaster's Department of History offers a number of prizes and studentships at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level throughout the year. These currently include the Iredell MA Studentship and an undergraduate essay prize, the Merriman Prize (on the topic of International and/or Military History). 

Studentships and Essay Prizes

Historic Lancaster

The city of Lancaster and its surrounds are steeped in history. Explore the top historic sites to visit as recommended by members of the History Department, from Bronze Age stone circles to gothic churches, from Norman castles to Civil War fortresses, and from the mills of the Industrial Revolution to marvels of Art Deco architecture

Historic Lancaster

Our Community

We seek to create a welcoming environment for all of our students and staff, irrespective of background, and we are strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity. Our activities include participating in Athena SWAN (a scheme to address gender equality in Higher Education), celebrating Black History, and fostering community engagement through our historical projects.

Our Community
Anna Drury BA (Hons) History, Year 1

Why I chose Lancaster

As a first-year student, when I reflect upon why I chose to study History at Lancaster, numerous reasons come to mind. The highly regarded department, as well as Lancaster being enriched with its own compelling history, drew me towards studying here. Attending a History Summer School during my time at Sixth Form further confirmed that Lancaster was the place I wanted to be.

The endless amount of support you receive at Lancaster, from your college, the caring and dedicated members of the History Department, and various institutions such as student support hub , ensures that you immediately feel a valued member of the university community.

Anna Drury BA (Hons) History, Year 1

Careers staff at a careers fair

Your future career

We prepare our students to pursue a range of professional careers after they graduate. In addition to education and the museums and heritage sectors, our graduates have gone on to careers in journalism and publishing, the civil service and public sector, business, marketing and public relations, as well as retail management. Many of our graduates choose to pursue postgraduate degrees with us or other institutions, often entering into research and teaching positions.

Philippa Lazarus, sitting in front of the Lancaster University Front Entrance sign.

Why I chose to stay at Lancaster

My undergraduate degree was a strange three years, as eighteen months were spent in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. After such a turbulent period, I knew that I wanted to continue my education for another year, and it was a no-brainer that I would stay at Lancaster University for my Master’s course. I would not have done as well as I did in my undergraduate degree without the staff who took the time with me to talk through how I was feeling, and it was a comfort to know that I had already built up those relationships when progressing through to a more independent form of study. I am thoroughly enjoying the Master’s course I have started and looking forward to another great year here in this beautiful city.

Philippa Lazarus, MA History student