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.

History is about people and created by people. We’re interested in history from the grass roots – how everyday people make and are affected by history – as well as from the top down.

From African-American slavery to Stalin’s Russia, we view history through the eyes of ordinary people, giving them the voice they often lacked at the time. At Essex we engage with social conscience, rebellion, riot and revolution - join us and find your historical voice.

Why history at Essex?

Watch our videos

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Watch a taster lecture, hear our students’ opinions of their study experience and see our staff talking about their latest research. Our videos will show you the passion and enthusiasm that we offer.

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).