The History Department at the University of Essex offers research-led teaching in a friendly atmosphere, with top 10 student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. Our degrees cover the histories of people and cultures spanning the globe. We view history through the eyes of ordinary people, helping you to understand the events and ideas that inspired and challenged people in the past and shaped the world we live in today. We train you to apply historical skills to do your own research, and take History into the community. With us you can feed your passion for History and develop your powers of analysis, presentation, communication, and self-awareness.

Why history at Essex?

Undergraduate study

History graduates

From the global to the local, undergraduate study in history at Essex lets you plot your own intellectual journey through the past while honing the research and critical thinking skills prized by today’s employers.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate student from the Department of History

We are a leading centre for history postgraduate study at both Masters and PhD level. Become part of our active research community and benefit from the expert teaching and supervision of our academic staff.

Our research

History books on a library shelf

Our commitment to groundbreaking historical investigation is reflected in more than two-thirds of our research being rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).