Cross boundaries. Tell stories. Make histories.


The choices we make, make history

History at Essex is provocative. We overthrow kings and idols, to see through the eyes of ordinary people and give voice to the powerless. We never look away, but force ourselves to examine the extremes of human behaviour. We ask what makes history, what gets left behind – and why.

We explore the histories of civilisations and cultures from across the globe, challenging dominant narratives and equipping you with the skills you need to conduct your own research. Your degree will feed your curiosity, even while it raises new questions. It will find you taking a new perspective back to the wider community. Ultimately, history is the tool you need to interpret the past and understand the world we live in today.

Why study here?
  • 97% of our History students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2018).
  • You'll be part of a friendly and supportive environment and will receive excellent research-led teaching.
  • You have the opportunity to study a broad range of modules incorporating vital career skills.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Who are we? How does our world work? History teaches us to think critically to find answers to these profound questions.

If you want to see the world in a different way, then Essex is for you. We encourage you to challenge and argue. We want you to question what you have been told, and we help you develop the means to do it.

Olivia Smith giving a reading at the Thiepval Memorial
The stories behind the graves

History student Olivia remembers the fallen. She gave Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron a tour of the Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme, where she’s been working as a CWGC intern helping keep the memory of those who died in the First World War alive.

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Why study here?
  • 97% of our History students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2018).
  • Our courses allow you to plot your own intellectual journey through the past by choosing from a wide range of regions and periods.
  • Our flagship postgraduate conference enables you to find your critical voice.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
We provide an active and stimulating environment in which to carry out doctoral study.


Our academic staff have a huge variety of research interests, ranging from social and cultural history to politics and international relations. 

Why study here?
  • You can research topics from the sixteenth century to the modern day.
  • We have a large and committed postgraduate community that actively contributes to our research profile.
  • Our students organise our annual postgraduate and early career historians conference which attracts speakers from across the UK and abroad.
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