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Your history, our history

The Department of History at Essex offers research-led and innovative teaching in a friendly atmosphere. We specialise in people's histories that help us connect the past with the present and with ourselves.

Our courses explore the history of people and cultures spanning Britain, Europe and the globe; giving you a ground zero view of the events, ideas and movements that made the world we live in today. As a diverse group of publicly engaged scholars, we train you to apply historical skills to do your own research, and take history into the community.

We pride ourselves on being a department that refuses intellectual straitjackets. We enjoy the mix of areas and specialisms found along our corridors. The pattern of appointments to our department has deliberately brought together a group of scholars with a wide range of approaches and fields: Britain, Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia are all represented, as are the relations between them.

Although most of us have published specialist works which deal with particular countries and localities, we prefer not to study one country or region in isolation, but with a comparative, interdisciplinary approach.

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choose us?

92% of our history students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019)
Learn from leading historians with expertise stretching around the globe
Flexible degrees with a range of modules covering 1450 to the present
Courses incorporating vital career and research skills from the outset
University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
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Researchers looking in hospital's past
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UoTY winners 2018
Dr Mark Frost
"Our Multicultural Britain: A History module epitomizes our concern to explain today’s big issues historically. Its cutting-edge teaching and assessments give students the tools they need to navigate the present."
Dr Mark Frost Head of Department Department of History
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Why study History at Essex?

There are many reasons why you should choose to study History at Essex. Not only will you be studying within a stones throw of the oldest recorded town in Britain, you will be thrown into an active education from the moment you set foot on campus. Not convinced yet? Download our brochure and see for yourself.

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Our research

The Department of History has a huge variety of research interests, ranging from social and cultural history to politics and international relations.  We are internationally recognised for the quality of our research across a broad range of areas from 1450 to the present and more than two-thirds of our research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the REF 2014.

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Contact the Department of History
Contact the Department of History
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: General enquiries +44 (0)1206 874387; Undergraduate enquiries +44 (0)1206 872313; Postgraduate enquiries +44 (0)1206 872190