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Studying History

Royal Holloway’s History Department is the one of the largest, yet friendliest, in Britain and offers the widest variety of topics for undergraduates to study.

From the ancient past to recent times, we cover most of the globe and our students choose from a rich range of courses as well as undertaking core modules covering key and transferrable skills. As your degree progresses so will your level of knowledge and ability to work as a historian. Beginning with an array of choices in your first year, you will move towards a supported dissertation that can be supported by one of the forty historians in our Department. By studying History at Royal Holloway you will gain a strong foundation for a variety of rewarding careers or further study.

Huge choice of courses

Our undergraduate History degrees are based on a course unit system: you will take four units in each of your three years of study. The size of the History Department allows us to offer an unusually wide selection of courses. Furthermore, additional choices are available as intercollegiate courses provided by other colleges in the University of London.

Similarly, the breadth of expertise within the Department provides many opportunities for both postgraduate taught courses and postgraduate research.

Our satisfied students

96% say that our staff have made the subject interesting and 94% find the course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey, 2016).

Meet our historians

Hear from members of the team talking about their research, how it informs and influences their teaching, and what it's like to be a member of the History Department at Royal Holloway. 

Dr Alex Windscheffel, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History and Imperial History, tells us why the Department of History at Royal Holloway is so attractive to applicants.

   
 
 
 

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