Study how the movements, ideas and people of the past have shaped the present at London’s number one History department for teaching quality (Times Good University Guide, 2019).
- London’s number 2 history department for teaching quality (Guardian University Guide 2021).
- 100% course satisfaction among History students (National Student Survey 2020).
- Opportunity to develop skills such as conducting research, analysing evidence, and communicating your findings.
- You will be taught by historians who are experts in their fields.
- Option to study with a placement year of paid work experience
Why study History?
In short, the study of History is essential, and at St Mary’s you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of different historical periods, countries, and themes.
You will immerse yourself in histories of Britian, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and America, ranging from the medieval period to the present day. You will study the rise and fall of states, the causes of wars and revolutions, and social and political movements.
You will be doing much more than learning what happened, you will be interpreting sources, explaining how and why societies change, and thinking about why that is important, and by doing this you will be equipping yourself to analyse the many challenges of today’s world.
Studying History at St Mary’s will also give you the opportunity to develop skills such as conducting research, analysing evidence, and communicating your findings - all skills that are valued by a wide range of employers. Our recent graduates have gone on to further study or to work in fields as diverse as law, finance, marketing, public relations, teaching, museums and heritage.
You may also qualify for the new St Mary's History Scholarship.
Why St Mary's?
As a History student at St Mary's, you will benefit from a wide breadth of choice across the programme and dedicated academic staff who are keen to ensure that you achieve your very best.
Our curriculum is designed on the principle of research-led teaching: you will be taught by historians who are experts in their fields.
St Mary’s is ideally situated for the study of History, within easy access of London’s many museums, archives and historic houses. As a History student at St Mary’s you will extend your understanding of the past and the ways it is presented through field visits to the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Hampton Court, the London Docklands, the Palace of Westminster, and many other sites.
You will also have the opportunity to spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions and develop your professional skills through relevant work placements. Students have previously undertaken placements at the British Library, Strawberry Hill House, Ham House, the Sikorsky Museum of Polish History, and local secondary schools.
94% of History students at St Mary's were satisfied with the course, according to the 2018 National Student Survey. We are ranked the number one History department in London for teaching quality, and number two for student experience (Times Good University Guide, 2019). We believe that this success rests on our commitment to combining excellence in teaching and research with a friendly and supportive environment.
History lecturer, Prof Glenn Richardson, was a recent guess on the Not Just the Tudors Podcast to discuss his biography of Cardinal Wolsey and looks at the reasons for his to power under Henry VIII and his sudden fall and death.
History is also available with a placement year of paid work experience.
The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying History.
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Dr Stewart McCain
Programme Director - History