Welcome to the School of History at QMUL

Professor Miri Rubin

Welcome to the School of History at Queen Mary, London’s only campus university. We are one of the largest, friendliest and most distinguished history departments in the country.

Whether you are looking to study history as an undergraduate, a postgraduate or to find out about our staff and their research we hope you will find what you are looking for here.

— Professor Miri Rubin, Head of School.

Upcoming events

January 2015

Tuesday 20th ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, QMUL


School of History Celebrates Success in REF2014

Friday December 19th

The School of History at Queen Mary is pleased to announce that it has achieved excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework. Its research power ranking – which combines the quality and quantity of research – places it 11th in the UK and 4th in London (using THES REF analysis). 75% of the research carried out by the School’s historians has been judged as either ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). 92% of its research impact beyond the world of universities has been judged at the same level.

The School is especially proud that the environment in which it does its research and which is home to its undergraduate and postgraduate students, its post-doctoral fellows and its research centres, was rated as 100% in the highest two grades, 70% of which was at 4*. This success puts the School of History fourth among UK History departments.

The School’s performance testifies to the international quality of the research done by its historians. It also reflects the hard work and collegiality with which the School of History approached REF2014. What it means is that the School of History at Queen Mary continues to be a centre of excellence in historical research and in dynamic and exciting research-led teaching for its undergraduates and postgraduates.

Professor Miri Rubin presents at the Latvian National Library

Tuesday December 2nd

Professor Miri Rubin presents at the opening of the Latvian National Library. Prof Rubin presents on Emotional Genealogies? Medieval Legacies in Modern Europe. Europe has emerged since the Middle Ages as a space of great diversity and of some widely shared ideas and practices. The blend of what is common to regions and peoples and what makes them different - religion, political systems, climate, legal traditions - is the driving force of European history. The lecture will explore the role of religious devotions and the emotions they generated, upon Europeans and their regions. It will pay particular attention to the figure of the Virgin Mary and its reception in Europe and beyond.

View a recording of the lecture on YouTube here.

Professor Colin Jones's 'Smile Revolution' named one of the Guardian's books of the year

Monday December 1st

Professor Colin Jones’s “The Smile Revolution” was named by Professor Mary Beard as one of her books of the year in the Guardian