Why study European history at Birkbeck?
European history is a dynamic area of research, and our Department boasts expertise in a wide range of subjects – from German, French, Italian, Russian, Balkan and British history, to international, transnational, global and comparative history.Our European history courses include British as well as English, Scottish and Welsh history.
We are considered a world leader in the fields of early modern, modern and contemporary European history, and in the interaction of social, cultural and political history.
- Our academic staff have won many international prizes for their research; they convene major international conferences and events, edit journals, appear on popular media programmes and receive invitations to give prestigious lectures.
- Students will find international stars in all the major areas of research. They will also find lecturers who are passionate about sharing their research with students.
- The Department has close links to Birkbeck's new Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism, to the Wiener Library and to the Raphael Samuel History Centre. Colleagues convene a number of seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.
Programmes of study
- We teach European history at every level, from Certificate in Higher Education and Undergraduate courses, to a new MA in European History, and PhD research.
- We welcome PhD students in all fields and periods of European history. Please consult our staff research interests and individual staff pages to identify possible supervisors and to make informal enquiries. We also welcome proposals for joint supervision.
- Our students come from all over the world, and they include both part-time and full-time students.