History at Huddersfield is home to a friendly team of accredited teachers and leading academic researchers. Our staff are all members of the Higher Education Academy* and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100% of their research was internationally recognised, with two thirds being internationally excellent or world leading. The Guardian League Table 2017 puts History at Huddersfield at 14th place (up from 25th in 2016) with 96% teaching and overall student satisfaction.
We have flexible courses which give you the opportunity to study History on its own or in combination with Politics, English, Film or a modern language. Our course content spans from medieval to modern, including topics such as the Crusades, the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth, Victorian England, Vichy France, Nazi Germany. You'll engage with a range of approaches and sources covering political, social, medical, religious and gender history. You'll have the opportunity to work with primary source materials in all three years of your studies and be able to draw on documents from the University's archive, novels and films, arms and armour, including the use and creation of digital materials. Have a look at our modules for more indepth information.
A unique feature of our courses is the second year Work Placement module, when you have the chance to gain graduate-level experience for six weeks at places such as the Royal Armouries Museum, the British Museum, Yorkshire Farming Museum, West Yorkshire Archives, or as teaching assistant in schools or colleges. In your third year, you can follow this experience up by working on an extended project with an outside client, such as the National Coal Mining Museum or the Thackray Medical Museum. You can read about some of the projects our students have worked on, including some of the research projects, on our Historians at work blog.
Studying History at Huddersfield will give you a range of transferable skills and that all-important employability factor, which is reflected in some of the posts our graduates have gone on to fill, including at Bolsover Castle, the Imperial War Museum, the Identity and Passport Office and Emerald Group Publishing.
* permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Claire is studying History BA(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield. Watch her film where she talks about the wide range of topics and time periods she has studied. After her degree, Claire's ambition is to work in television production, thanks to her work placement at Kirklees Local TV where she got to produce, direct and interview.