Your student experience

Our School community is built on close collaboration between Students and Staff, working together to create a programme of events and opportunities that will give you a chance to reach your full potential as you explore the impact of History outside the classroom and to get to know your fellow students socially. 

We are an inclusive and diverse community - our modules attract many international students each semester who you will study with and get to know as friends, and we welcome many students from many other London institutions keen to explore our unique range of specialist subjects. 

There’s always something going on in the School outside of class hours. In a typical week during the semester, you might come and watch a film in the state-of-the-art Hitchcock Cinema with an introductory talk by a historian, or you’ll attend an evening talk or debate organised by our active and enthusiastic History Society - recent guests include the popular historians Andrew Marr and Dan Snow. Our students edit their own Undergraduate History Journal, publishing high quality student essays in print and online. You will be able to contribute your own work to the Journal, get involved as a member of the committee and attend regular launch events and socials with guest speakers.

Read the latest edition of the Journal here (PDF).

The recently-formed Public History Unit are a group of our students who are passionate about bringing our subject to the wider community, organising public lectures, workshops and discussion groups with influential figures in History like Dominic Sandbrook and Sir Christopher Clark.

Becoming a member of our engaged School community will be a fun and enriching experience.

From the moment you arrive at QMUL, we want you to start enjoying the unique experience of life at a campus University with quick access to the whole of London and its history and culture. 

Our campus is situated in one of the most exciting and inspiring areas of the capital. East London is a diverse, multi-cultural area, and our students are part of the community that makes it such an interesting place to study, live and work.

We are a short journey from: the Olympic Village(link is external); the Westfield shopping centre(link is external) at Stratford; the cutting-edge restaurants, shops, bars and galleries of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hoxton; and the local independent cinema, The Genesis(link is external), which hosts a wide range of student-oriented nights and special screenings.

Excursions that make the most of our London setting are built into many modules that you’ll study - from fieldwork in the First Year skills module History in Practice to our popular Architecture in London, London and its Museums, Contemporary Art and Society modules in your Second and Final Years - and your teachers will often arrange extracurricular group visits to major exhibitions and landmarks.

During Welcome Week, you’ll be taken as a group by your Advisor on a guided field trip to a London cultural destination - a museum exhibition, gallery or interesting cultural site - giving you a chance to find your feet in the capital and to explore it with your fellow students. 

As you develop your skills in research and writing, we want you to get the best possible guidance and opportunities to work on your planning, structure and style. Your Academic Advisor will be on hand throughout the semester to discuss your progress across all your coursework and exams in regular feedback meetings, and in the School of History we have a dedicated team of Writing Tutors, led by Dr Chloe Ward, who hold regular workshops on key aspects of producing coursework. You will also be able to book Chloe and the other tutors for one-to-one tutorials for an in-depth focus on your own essays.

Our Students run the weekly PASS (Peer Assisted Study Scheme) mentoring programme, where you can discuss your work with Finalists who will give you guidance and advice on everything from preparing for seminars to writing a book report. 

Outside the School, the Library’s Learning Development team offer workshops, one-to-one tutorials and practical sessions with the Literary Fellows, comprising published writers based at QMUL for a year. 

Your welfare and wellbeing while you study is of prime importance to us. We have an extensive support network in place to make sure you are provided with the proper advice and guidance when anything impacts upon your ability to study comfortably. The School of History’s welfare team is led by the Senior Tutor, with a Year Tutor dedicated to each year group, working together with QMUL’s Student Services departments to ensure an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment that gives all students an equal chance at success. 

Outside the School, The Advice and Counselling Service is always on hand for practical guidance relating to fees, finance and funding as well as emotional support for students going through some of the more demanding and stressful experiences that life can throw at us. The Disability and Dyslexia Service work to ensure students with disability, learning difficulties and mental health conditions have an equal experience and can access all the available mentoring and support funding.

A University education is about so much more than immersing yourself in the subject you’re passionate about. It’s also where you will grow as a human being and develop into a wise and capable citizen of the world. You will find QMUL the perfect environment in which to develop your skills ready for the world of work. 

We know that employers agree that History graduates are ideal candidates for successful careers in a range of professions, and our Students begin the training and personal development that makes them such desirable employees as soon as they arrive on campus. The School’s 'History Futures' programme, led by our dedicated Employability Officer, Dr Martyn Frampton and our partner Caroline Lisser in the QMUL Careers Service, will guide you towards what you can do to be even more attractive to employers after you graduate. You can meet with your Academic Advisor, Martyn and Caroline to explore your potential, plan out your personal goals and work towards realising them.

From volunteering placements to drop-in sessions on writing a top-notch CV for a part-time job and preparing applications, to opportunities for networking with panels of our successful past students who have gone on to a wide variety of professions, the academic year at QMUL is full of chances to prepare yourself for life after University. 

We believe that experience of life outside one’s home country and knowledge of a foreign language are invaluable to personal development and in enhancing your skills as an historian.

You could take up a language during your degree programme, funded by one of our School bursaries. You could also choose to study abroad for a semester or a year in one of our partner Universities overseas in, for example, the USA, Canada, Korea or across Europe.