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Third in the UK for our research excellence

REF icon (small).45% of our research has been judged 'world-leading' and 86% either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework has ranked the Sheffield History Department third in the country for our world-leading research.

This result is based on the publications and impact of nearly thirty academic members of staff, all of whom are actively involved in teaching as well as research.

Our commitment to research-led teaching has been a major factor in this outstanding achievement, which highlights our position as one of the top History departments in the country.

Our research excellence

At Sheffield, we engage in cutting-edge historical research, using the latest insights to make sense of the past and shed light on the present. We combine internationally acknowledged research excellence with modern, imaginative teaching that enables our students to excel in research and think for themselves.

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Study with us

We offer an unrivalled choice of courses, ranging from classical antiquity to the present day, and encompassing Britain, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, America and beyond. Our degrees:

Undergraduate | Masters | Research

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World-class research

Students at Sheffield are part of a Department which enjoys an internationally recognised tradition of excellence in historical study. We're ranked among the UK's top three History departments for the impact and quality of our research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Our Research


Your career

History at Sheffield is a degree which opens many doors. Recent graduates are enjoying successful careers in a range of fields, including the media, law, management, finance, heritage, and teaching. Discover some of their career trajectories.

Careers | Graduate Profiles

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More about us

How to find us, what our students say, meet the friendly and inspirational staff you could be working with, and other useful information.

About the Department