Why study here?

With a long tradition of developing the way history is taught, and an innovative approach to teaching, Manchester is the perfect place to study History.

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You'll be studying at one of the UK's top 10 institutions for History.

QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

Our courses cover almost all human history, including British, European, American, Asian and African history, and range from the classical era (Greece and Rome), through the medieval and modern periods, to the late 20th century. We offer a variety of approaches to history, from political and economic history to gender, social, cultural, and colonial history.

You’ll experience an exciting learning environment, teaching from committed and passionate experts who embrace dynamic and forward-thinking strategies to enhance learning.

Manchester is also ranked among the top ten universities in the UK for History in the QS World University Rankings 2022.


  • A breadth of specialisms and diverse, cutting-edge course content.
  • Innovative use of e-learning and online resources to support your studies.
  • Get involved in activities, such as playing a role in the Manchester Histories Festival.
  • Unique opportunities to explore special archived material.
  • Exclusive access to the internationally significant holdings of University-owned institutions.
  • Create a personalised portfolio of course units from our wide range of MA taught courses.
  • Become the best you can be by participating in Stellify for true personal and professional growth.

Careers and employability

Study History at Manchester and you will develop the skills required for postgraduate study and research, and careers in a variety of fields. 

The University of Manchester is also the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to High Fliers Research.

Find out more on the Careers and employability page.

The University of Manchester is well respected and so holds a lot of weight when applying for jobs. Studying History provided me with strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate effectively. The people are great, the nightlife is great and it’s a very stimulating and fun place to go to University.

Amy Sippitt / Writer/Researcher, BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History alumna