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History courses

History has never been more relevant to understanding the challenges of the present day. Our world-leading research places contemporary issues such as human rights and the environment in their deep historical perspective. At Hull, the School of Humanities sits in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.


Learn from and with researchers and authors whose expertise, ranging from the ancient world to the present day, underpins their teaching.

History at Hull is 12th Overall in the UK and 11th for Student Experience.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • History

    Taught by active researchers, our BA History degree is broad in conception. Apply today to begin studying history from the Iron Age through to present day.

  • History and Politics

    Enhance your knowledge of the human experience over the long term, to apply historical insights to the study of politics and governance today.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MA in History

    Uniquely combine period-specific and thematic modules to give you the confidence to take part in historical debate beyond your immediate specialism.

Postgraduate Research


Postgraduate research scholarships

The University of Hull is a member of the prestigious White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, with funded scholarships available in interdisciplinary pathways spanning the Social Sciences.

ESRC White Rose DTP

See all of our PhD Scholarships

History Clearing Student Holly Cockerham UNI-0715

There's a lot of history surrounding the city of Hull, and this influences the modules you study. Once I realised that, I knew that I'd be in the ideal place for my course.

Holly Cockerham
BA (Hons), History


At the University of Hull, we know that history is excitingly diverse, from the Iron Age to the present day, so our programmes are correspondingly broad in scope. Our academic expertise covers a span of 3,000 years across five continents.

Tap into our expert staff including Dr Joy Porter, specialist in Native American history. In 2018 she won a National Teaching Fellowship – that’s the highest honour the Higher Education Academy can give out.

History is ranked in the top 20 in England for overall student satisfaction.**


Our choice of modules lets you follow your interests in the social, cultural, art, indigenous, military, maritime and economic history of Britain, Europe and the world.


You'll study under active researchers and authors whose expertise and passion underpins their teaching. We've got specialists in archaeology and in medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history.


The flexibility of our courses, and the friendliness of our teaching staff, proves hugely popular with our students.

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You'll have access to a wealth of resources both online and in the library. Specialist resources are also available at the Hull History Centre, the Maritime Historical Studies Centre and the Wilberforce Institute.

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A degree in History will give you the skills valued by employers.

Some of our graduates choose to continue their studies, and others have pursued careers as historians, archaeologists, teachers, researchers, academic librarians, archivists, heritage managers, museum and gallery conservators, records managers and information officers.

** UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

94% of history students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating**

American Studies Hannah Townsend UNI-0184


Our established strengths in social, international and economic histories have delivered top rankings in research assessments.

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Gender, Place and Memory


Our History programmes give you the opportunity to boost your employability by spending a semester at one of our partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Asia or Australia. Shape your study of the past to determine your future.

Travel to one of over 16 different countries around the world


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The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.



† The Guardian University Rankings 2023

** (Joint 19th) The Complete University Guide 2023

‡ The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023