All human life is here. Innovative, ground-breaking but also accessible, our research spans thousands of years and covers most of the world. We are interested in multiple intersecting themes, from environment and gender to violence, ideas and beliefs.
We have more than 30 research active staff and over 100 PhD students, making us one of the strongest History departments in the UK for research. 72% of our research is judged as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent' (REF, 2014).
We publish both scholarly books and books designed for more general audiences, we write articles for learned journals, edit collaborative works, and contribute to historical broadcasts on television, radio and a range of worldwide media outlets.
Our centres and projects
Collaborative centres and projects such as the Holocaust Research Institute, The Hellenic Institute, the Lottery-funded Citizens Project, and the ERC-funded Connected Clerics Project support ground-breaking research and welcomes student involvement. See a full list of our research centres and institutes.
Our seminars and lectures
We run a programme of open seminars throughout the year, where we discuss and share our research with a wider audience. As well as the departmental research seminars, all our Centres run their own seminars and lectures, and our postgraduate students run their own series. Many of our staff are closely involved in the IHR seminars in Senate House.
Podcasts of past lectures and seminars are available through Backdoor Broadcasting.
Research Visitors and Fellows in the History Department
The Department of History is happy to host applications to externally funded post-doctoral fellowships such as the British Academy Early Career Fellowship, the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, and the Newton Fellowship. In most cases such sponsorship is offered via a preliminary internal competition with its own deadline some weeks ahead of the deadline imposed by the funding body. Further details can be found here.