We cover a huge range of history from the Medieval period onwards. We offer you a huge variety in the modules you can choose throughout your degree.
Our teaching strengths can be grouped in four periods:
- Medieval history
- Early modern history
- Modern and contemporary history
- Thematic history
We offer a unique range of modules on the history and culture of Britain, Europe and Islam during the Middle Ages, taught by a team of scholars of international reputation.
We offer a broad perspective on the medieval world of Europe and the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on medieval religious cultures, the place of women and minorities in medieval society, and the history of the Crusades.
For us, the history of the Middle Ages is not only a history of kings and battles, but also of religion and culture, of daily life activities such as cooking and time-keeping, as well as of creatures of the medieval imagination.
Find out more about our modules in Medieval History
- The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities
- History of the Medieval Islamic World, 600-1500
- Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy
- Latin for Medievalists 1
- Latin for Medievalists II
- Outsiders in the Middle Ages
- The Crusades (1095-1291)
- The Reform of Islam: the Legacy of Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328)
- England in the Fifteenth Century: the Paston Experience
- Arabic for Historians 1
- Arabic for Historians 2
Early Modern History
We cover the period from the Reformation in Europe to the French and American Revolutions. We offer particular expertise in British and European History, but all our teaching is cast in a global context: religious missionary activity, the slave trade, colonial conquest, trade, exploration and international commerce.
Our teaching introduces you to some momentous events and processes, such as the Reformation and the English Civil War. You will also study the experiences of people in the past through the study of their ideas about politics, their books, their families and homes, and their spiritual aspirations.
As well as the expertise of our academics, you will gain much from our London location. You will use sources from Hampton Court to the Wallace Collection, from the British Museum to the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Our teaching of this exciting period lays the foundation for future study of modern British, European and global history.
Find out more about our modules in Early Modern History
- Architecture in London I 1600 - 1837
- The Georgians: Society and Culture in Eighteenth Century England
- Africa in Europe, 1440 - 1650: Renaissance Encounters
- Catholics and Politics in England c1558-1603
- Society and the State c. 1520-1642
- The Hussites: Reform, Revolution and Apocalypse in the Fifteenth Century
- English and British Political Culture c1595-1606 and the Accession of King James I
- The World of the Nun: Convent Life in Renaissance Europe
- Behind Closed Doors: Houses, Interiors and Domestic Life, c. 1660-c1830
- Enlightenments and Revolutions in France, 1715-1799
- Solitude in Life and Letters in Enlightenment Britain
Modern and Contemporary History
We are an excellent choice if you have an interest in the making of the world we live in today. Our academics have expertise in modern British, European, American, Indian and African history. We also have expertise in the international relations, political ideas and social and cultural trends that have shaped and defined the contemporary era.
Modern and contemporary history will show you how to analyse the difficulties of how we research and write the very recent past. You will look at this in terms both of the distinct and problematic sources available, and of the ethical responsibilities of writing about those who are still alive.
Find out more about our modules in Modern and Contemporary History
- Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801
- Europe in a Global Context since 1800
- Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
- Introduction to Film History: Alfred Hitchcock
- The Age of Impressionism: Art in France and Britain 1860-1900
- Architecture in London II 1837 to the Present
- British Horror: Film, Television and Literature
- Challenging Europe's Political and Social Order: the 1848 Revolution
- The Clinton Years
- Disraeli, Democracy and Empire
- Early Modern Art in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1950
- Gladstone and Ireland
- Madness and Medicine in Modern Britain
- Rewriting Europe: 1989 and the End of Communism
- Winning on the Western Front: the British Army 1914 -1919
- Cabinet, Premiership and the Conduct of Central Government since 1945
- A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890 - 1990
- From the Tsars to the Bolsheviks: Russia 1801-1921
- Japanese Film: History, Culture and Fantasy
- Mandela's World
- War and Society in France Since 1870
- Cities of Empire
- The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900-2000
- Contemporary Art and Society
- From the Rise of Fascism to Berlusconi: Italy 1919-1996
- Marx, Engels and the Making of Marxism
- The Kennedy Years (I) and (II)
- The Russian Revolution and Civil War 1917-21 (I) and (II)
- The Lives of Oscar Wilde (I) and (II)
- A History of Terror in the Modern Age 1858-2008
- "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland
- Film History: The United States and the Second World War
- Reinventing Ourselves: Psychology, Sex and Chemistry in Modern Britain
- The Germans and the Jews since 1871
- Anxieties of Empire: Rumours, Rebellion and the Imperial Imagination
- Modern China: Wars, Revolution and the West
- Exhibiting the First World War
- Between the Citizen and the State: Voluntary Action in Modern Britain
- We the People: Americans and their Government from the Constitution to the Civil War
- The British Empire in Political Thought
- The Atlantic Slave Trade: Africa, Europe, and the Americas from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries
A number of our historians have expertise in themes that span historical epochs. Their modules will give you an insight into the development of these themes across different historical periods, cultures and societies.
You will be able to analyse the effects these had in different eras, as well as how they affect the world today.
Find out more about our modules in Thematic History