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The University of Southampton
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We are top three in the UK for the quality of our research in History (REF 2014): our students work with world-leading researchers.

We have major expertise in War and Empire; Cultural, Social and Religious History; Sexuality and Gender; Political and National Histories; Migration and Refugees and Naval History.

We offer you a wealth of possibilities for study and exploration across a broad chronological and geographical range: Ancient and medieval history; Early modern history; Modern British and Imperial history; Modern European history; American history; Jewish history and culture.

We hold internationally acknowledged archival collections in the fields of modern British and colonial history and Jewish history and culture. We are home to the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, all of which run regular research seminars featuring distinguished speakers at the cutting-edge of historical research, from the UK and abroad

Preparing you for success

  Our exciting range of taught degrees will give you in-depth knowledge and a firm foundation of transferable skills.    

Following your passion

  Our research students benefit from a dynamic research environment and the opportunity to work collaboratively with experts across the disciplines.    

Choosing to study here

  Superb facilities and a great location make studying history at the University of Southampton an attractive choice.    

Sharing experiences

  Find out what our postgraduates think about living and studying here.    

Conserving the Wellington Archives

The Wellington papers are one of the most prestigious collections of primary documents relating to 19th century British history

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