An outstanding reputation built upon rich tradition.


Combining internationally acknowledged research excellence with modern, imaginative teaching that enables our students to think for themselves and excel in their own research.

Postgraduate Open Days

See what it's like to study in the Department of History at one of our postgraduate open days. Find out more about postgraduate study, and meet our staff and students.

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Funding applications for 2016 now open!

The University of Sheffield has an excellent range of PhD scholarships for students starting their studies in 2016.

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RHS History Today Prize Runner Up Announced.

History BA Graduate, Alice O'Driscoll has been selected as runner up of the 2015 RHS History Today Prize for her dissertation on spousal violence in early modern England. The prize rewards high-quality work by undergraduates in their final-year dissertations. Congratulations Alice!

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Learn from award-winning teachers and acclaimed researchers

From ancient Rome to modern India, and from fifteenth-century human sacrifice to twentieth-century genocide.

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Third in the UK for research excellence

Our historians are international leaders in their fields, award-winning writers and media consultants.

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Partnerships that inform our teaching and research

We are an institution with global perspectives, but remain proud of our civic roots.

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