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History at King's

The Department of History at King’s is acknowledged as one of the best in the world. We are ranked 5th in the UK and 19th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, 6th in The  Guardian University Guide 2018 and 10th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the department was ranked 5th in the UK for research quality and 7th for power. We have achieved consistently good results in the National Student Survey (88% student satisfaction rating in 2017). We have a thriving graduate community and our undergraduates go on to a variety of careers and further study. Our Athena Swan bronze award - the first to be won by a history department in England - demonstrates our exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Research tradition

The Department of History at King's reflects a long and distinguished tradition of cutting edge research. King's historians are based in a young, vibrant department, whose staff members are world leaders in a spectrum of historical research, from the ancient to contemporary world. We are particularly proud of the connections we make between different periods and places, an element that plays an important part in our teaching.


Our expertise in British political and social history, from the tenth to late twentieth century, is renowned. The department is one of the strongest centres for medieval British and European history in the UK, with a particular focus in the history of early medieval Europe. It is a vibrant centre for early modern European cultural history. The department is a focal point for the history of states and nations in modern Europe, with specialists on Germany, Poland and Russia in particular.

King's history has a distinguished tradition in the history of European empires, and in global interaction more broadly. With scholars working on the British, Portuguese, French and Spanish empires, King's historians offer the most complete coverage of any European history department in the history of modern empires. King's is Britain's major centre for the study of Australian history, and has important research interests in South Asia and twentieth century Africa. With the transfer of the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine from Imperial College in 2013 it  is now one of the major centres for the study of science, technology and medicine in history.


King's historians connect to the work of the growing international institutes at King's. There are particularly strong links to the India Institute, a world-leading centre for the recent history of South Asia, and to the Institute for Contemporary British History.

The Department of History also works closely with ancient historians in the Department of Classics, with historically-minded scholars in French, German and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and with the College's Department of Digital Humanities.

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