Why study here?

School of History

1. Excellence

We have an international reputation for excellence and we’re known for our ground-breaking historical research and innovative teaching. We’re consistently ranked in the top 15 history departments in the UK, and in the top 100 history departments in the world. You’ll be taught by historians who are leaders in their fields, working at the cutting-edge of historical research. In the 2016 National Student Survey, 97% of our students said that they were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course.

2. Size

We are one of the largest history departments in the UK, with more than 40 full-time members of academic staff. Our size means that you can study the history of many different periods and places, from the earliest medieval times to the present, and including the history of Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. You’ll also be part of a vibrant community of over 1,000 undergraduate students who are a studying one of our history degrees.

3. Choice

Our degree programmes allow you to explore a wide variety of different historical topics, and to develop your own areas of historical expertise. You can choose between our BA History programme, which is chronologically broad and intellectually varied; our BA International History and Politics programme, which is a coherent and focused degree for students who wish to specialise in the history of international relations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and our many Joint Honours History courses, which allow you supplement your historical interests with the study of another academic discipline. Within your course, you can choose to study social, political, cultural, military, race, gender, intellectual and business history across all continents of the globe.

4. Flexibility

Our degree programmes offer you considerable flexibility, because you can choose to take some modules outside your main subject or subjects, which are called ‘discovery modules’. These modules allow you to broaden your learning and pursue your own personal interests. Our history students often choose to study politics or languages modules, or modules which relate to their intended career in areas like business or marketing. You can choose to study discovery modules on different topics, and there are many historical discovery modules if you wish to study history exclusively throughout your degree. Find out more about discovery modules.

5. Support

We offer you extensive support to help you thrive and enjoy your time at university. You’ll meet regularly with your personal tutor, an academic member of staff; and you can get advice from your module tutors in their weekly office hours. The School of History has a dedicated Student Support Officer who can help with any of the wide range of issues which can have an impact on your studies. In addition, we have a Peer Mentoring scheme, in which second and third year students are trained to mentor our new students, and to offer support with the transition to university life.

6. Libraries

Our library is one of the largest libraries in the UK, with 2.8 million print and 500,000 online books. You’ll have full access to the exceptional resources of the Brotherton Library, which has Special Collections of international importance, including the Leeds Russian Archive, for the study of Anglo-Russian relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the Liddle Collection of testimonies and artefacts from the First World War and Second World War. You’ll have the opportunity to exploit the Library’s archives, rare books and numerous electronic databases when you research your final year project.

The Laidlaw Library is an inspirational study environment which opened in 2015. It’s where you’ll find copies of core undergraduate texts. Our History students also use the Edward Boyle Library, which reopened after a major refurbishment in 2016. Both the Laidlaw and Edward Boyle libraries have been shortlisted for major architectural awards and will provide you with an inspirational study environment. Together, our libraries provide over 3,900 study spaces, ranging from silent individual study to lively group work areas. Visit the History pages of the Library website for more information.