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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.
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Our MSc Archaeological Practice (Economic and Social Research) is designed specifically as training for the 1+3 funded PhD studentships in the ESRC Doctoral… Read more
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework , History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Read more
An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. Read more
Our MA Classical Civilisation is ideal for graduates with no prior knowledge or study of Greek and Latin who want to undertake advanced study of the classical world at postgraduate level. Read more
A research degree offers you the opportunity to acquire a highly advanced set of conceptual skills developed in the pursuit of new knowledge, which can be applied within or beyond an academic or scholarly context. Read more
Our MA Contemporary History and Politics lays a strong emphasis on the critical analysis of the recent past, giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions and themes. Read more
Our MA Early Modern History explores early modern European societies in the period from the Renaissance to the Reformation and on to the Enlightenment and the outbreak of the French Revolution. Read more
Our MA European History offers you the chance to study at a department with world-renowned expertise in European history, including British, German, French, Italian, Balkan, Russian and Eastern European history, as well as international, transnational, global and comparative historical perspectives. Read more
Our Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of gender and sexuality studies and enhance your independent study skills. Read more
Birkbeck's MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Society is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, an exciting and growing area of study. Read more