History has been taught and researched at Leeds since 1877. Today, the School of History is one of the largest in the UK and a leading centre for ground-breaking historical research and innovative teaching. Our teaching and research cover an exceptional chronological, geographic and thematic range; from the earliest medieval times to the present day; from Britain, Europe and Russia, to America, Asia and Africa; from international, political, cultural and social history, to military, religious, diplomatic and intellectual history. Whatever your interests, you can almost certainly explore them with us. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Find out more about our undergraduate courses here and our MA courses here.

Our historians are leaders in their fields and top-rated teachers, who engage students through compelling lectures, lively seminar discussions, one-to-one research supervision and detailed feedback on all assessments.

  • The Complete University Guide 2018 places Leeds in the top fifteen universities for studying History.
  • With more than 40 academic staff, we are one of the largest History departments in the UK, with an international reputation for research excellence.
  • We have about 1,000 undergraduates studying with us each year, and approximately 150 students enrolled on a postgraduate degree.
  • Our undergraduate programmes offer exceptional choice and flexibility, due to opportunities to take discovery modules, study abroad, and include a work placement year.
  • Our students have access to outstanding library facilities, including the Brotherton Library, one of the four largest university libraries in England and a fantastic resource for historians.
  • The School has an excellent track record for building local, national and global partnerships with organisations in the Arts, Heritage, Community and Third Sector and with policy makers and think tanks.

The School of History is located in the Michael Sadler Building at the heart of the University campus, next to the Brotherton and Laidlaw libraries, and close to the acclaimed Students’ Union and state-of-the-art sport and fitness facilities. We are a ten minute walk from Leeds city centre and its many shops, cinemas, theatres, clubs, restaurants and bars.