Cross boundaries. Tell stories. Make histories.


You love to raise questions and challenge what you’ve been told.

You want to rediscover forgotten stories and see through the eyes of ordinary people. You're looking for practical experience as a part of your studies. You have a curious mind and would love to delve into a range of topics and periods. You want to engage in research and broaden your historical knowledge. Ultimately, you’re looking for the tools to interpret the past and understand the world we live in today.

At Essex, you’ll study a wealth of modules to explore the histories of civilisations and cultures from across the globe, find your critical voice and acquire the skills you need to conduct your own research.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.

Why study here?
  • You have the opportunity to study a broad range of modules incorporating transferable career skills.
  • You can choose to study abroad at a wide range of excellent partner universities.
  • We are top 30 for overall student satisfaction for History in the National Student Survey 2021.

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. Our flexible degrees give you the freedom to explore the history that excites you. 

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.

Why study here?
  • 92% of our History students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2020).
  • 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.
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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Eilish Peters, Dr Alix Green, Louise Willsher and Tom Bacon
Tom and Eilish's postgraduate placement

Two Masters students have collected oral histories from volunteers at a local charity in order to document the role of the voluntary and community sector on people's lives locally.

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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.
Professor James Raven
British Academy Fellowship for History Professor 

Professor James Raven has been awarded a Fellowship of the British Academy in recognition of his achievements in the research of the social and cultural history of books. 

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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.