Our expertise range across all periods and many countries, spanning medieval, early modern and modern history. We have a particular focus on Britain, Europe and China, while also maintaining an interest in East Asia, Africa, India, the Americas, and the Islamic world.

We are ranked 4th among history departments in the UK for the quality of our research according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

  • 82% of our overall research activity was recognised as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent’ 
  • 100% of our research environment was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 80% of our research in history has also been judged to have ‘outstanding’ or 'very considerable' impact