Students Staff

Your history, our history

The History Department at the University of Essex offers research-led teaching in a friendly atmosphere, with 90% student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey. We specialise in people's histories that help us connect the past with the present and with ourselves.

Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate 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.

With us you can feed your passion for the past and develop powers of analysis, presentation, communication, and self-awareness.

Why history at Essex?

  • 90% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017
  • Learn from leading historians with expertise stretching around the globe
  • Flexible degrees with a range of modules covering 1450 to the present
  • Study abroad as part of your course
  • Courses incorporating vital careers skills from the outset

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.

Historian in focus

Professor Lucy Noakes

Every few months we focus on a different member of our Department. This month we find out more about Professor Lucy Noakes and her interests in war, memory, gender and national identity.