Undergraduate degrees in history
Our courses reflect the richness of the discipline of History today, and introduce you to the best of it. Studying History with our world-leading historians allows you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the Roman period to the modern day, and across the globe.
Our lecturing staff are all research-active historians, but they are also experienced educational professionals, fully supported by University teaching qualification programmes. Many have won awards for their imaginative and innovative teaching.
We believe that for you to develop the professional skills required by the study of the past, you need to be in the thick of debates and discussion. So your seminar class sizes are kept small, from your first day to graduation. You'll also have one-to-one advice when it comes to your individual research, and support from your personal tutor to help you reach your full potential.
Make your degree your own
We ensure that you have as much choice as possible, allowing you to pursue your historical interests while retaining a structured degree programme that develops your academic and professional skills coherently.
For example, our 'Special Subject' modules give you the unique opportunity to explore in depth an area of history that you’re passionate about. Taught in small groups over 88 hours across your final year, and led by expert researchers in the field, they exemplify our commitment to teaching at the historical cutting edge.
An exciting future
History graduates are highly skilled and readily employable. Through our degrees, you will develop an impressive range of professional skills and personal qualities which are valued by a wide range of employers, and equip you well for postgraduate work too.
You will learn to be resourceful and creative, to challenge assumptions, to think about the bigger picture, and to analyse large amounts of often conflicting data – both individually, and as part of larger project teams. This is why our graduates are successful in a wide range of careers from the heritage and media industries to law, marketing, finance and teaching.
More about career possibilities with your history degree.
A creative place to study
Students are a vital part of our research community. The Department offers many opportunities for you to demonstrate your initiative and collaborate on exciting projects, both on and off the university campus. For example, our students have recently conducted oral history interviews in Sheffield, reconstructed the townscape of nineteenth-century Philadelphia, mapped miracles in the Middle Ages, and investigated the history of socialism in the British Library archives.
WikiAmerica – the history of America all in one place.
New Histories – an online history magazine written and researched by students.
Witness project – Sheffield's history through the lives of the people who experienced it.
A transformative experience
- As one of the world’s top 100 universities, located in one of Britain's largest cities, Sheffield offers a huge array of academic, social, sporting, personal and professional opportunities.
- You’ll be a member of the UK’s best Student Union. And with schemes like the Sheffield Graduate Award, entrepreneurship experience, work placements and volunteering all at your fingertips, you’ll be able to Learn new skills and make your CV stand out.
- Through our Study Abroad and Erasmus programmes, you’ll have the chance to study at a leading university in North America, East Asia, Canada, Australia, France and Germany.
- Find out why you'll love Sheffield - or better still, come and see for yourself on one of our University Open Days.