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About us

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology has a long and distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence, known for its research and teaching strengths across a broad range of historical periods and cultures.

Influential research

The Department is renowned as a centre of original and influential research. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology was ranked 7th among 83 History departments in Britain (THS research intensity table), with 85% of our research portfolio deemed of world leading or internationally excellent quality.

Stimulating courses

Our excellence in research feeds directly into our wide range of stimulating teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Staff in History, Classics and Archaeology are committed to the practice of research-led teaching. Students enrolled on our programmes are taught by scholars who are enthusiastic about the topics they teach and are very attuned to developments in their subject—indeed, are often among those on the cutting edge who shape the evolution of the field. The broad scope of staff research interests also means that the Department offers teaching supervision across an unusually wide range of subject areas, from the pre-historic and antique through to the contemporary period, and from British, Irish and continental European to Asian, African, Middle Eastern and American history. We cater for all levels of study, including short courses, BA, MA, MRes and MPhil/PhD.

Expert staff

Our full-time academic staff are recognised internationally as authorities in their field. They collaborate with other colleges of the University of London in running research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Classical Studies, in addition to hosting events, conferences, public lectures and workshops.

Student testimonies

Surveys and feedback show high levels of student satisfaction with our programmes (94% overall satisfaction rate in the 2015 NSS, for example). Read about the experiences of our students at all levels of study.

External collaborations

A number of our programmes involve collaboration with partner institutions, such as the British Library and the Institute of Historical Research, whose distinctive resources and collections significantly complement our teaching. We also work closely with affiliated research centres.

Unique location

We are located within very easy reach of the College Library, the University of London Library, and the Institute of Historical Research, and a few minutes' walk from the new British Library and other academic institutions.

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

We are part of Birkbeck's School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, which unites us with five other departments of Birkbeck, University of London.