The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology has a distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence. Known for research and teaching alike, our faculty and students explore an unusually broad range of historical periods and societies.
Our research and teaching spans the whole of human history. We are one of very few departments in Britain to include archaeologists, classicists and historians investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. Our research covers ancient Greece and Rome as well as medieval, early modern and modern societies. Our expertise also encompasses much of the globe. We have more than 40 specialists in, for example, medieval Byzantium, colonial India, and modern China, as well as ancient Rome, Tudor London, Nazi Germany and more.
The Department is renowned as a centre of original and influential research. We are consistently ranked among the top ten departments in the UK in official research assessments. In REF 2014 we were ranked seventh nationally (Times Higher Education research intensity table), with 85 per cent of our research portfolio deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Our academic staff are widely recognised authorities in their field. We are regularly awarded major research grants to pursue our diverse investigations of the past. We collaborate with other colleges of the University of London in running research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Classical Studies, in addition to hosting events, conferences, public lectures and workshops.
We are intensely proud of our role in a university dedicated to providing world-class evening teaching to people from all walks of life. Our flexible model attracts working, mature, part-time and first-generation students, along with many others. By offering training in history, classics and archaeology for both traditional and non-traditional students, we advance our mission that the past matters for everyone.