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On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to welcome you to the Department of History. This is a large, vibrant and collegial department that is fully committed to the education and welfare of our students. We have a thriving graduate community and our undergraduates go on to a variety of careers and further study. We are widely acknowledged as one of the best history departments in the UK. In the 2014 Research Evaluation Framework, we secured extremely high rankings on all key measures: fifth in the UK on research quality, seventh on ‘power’, and third on impact. We also deliver an excellent student experience: in the 2016 National Student Survey, our overall student satisfaction rate was 88%. Diversity and inclusion is one of our top priorities, and we are working actively with students to ensure that we reach the very highest standards.

The expertise of our staff is truly remarkable in its depth and breath. Situated at the cutting edge of historical enquiry, we range widely over social, political and cultural history, from the late Roman Empire to the late 20th century, and from the history of London to world history. Our academic expertise is coupled with a commitment to engaging actively with wider audiences. Our tradition of research-led teaching and our vast array of option modules mean that students have plentiful opportunities to sample this rich offering, while our location in the heart of London offers unparalleled prospects for engaging with the history and heritage of this great city.

We are one of the strongest centres for medieval British and European history in the UK. We specialise in early modern European cultural history, and the history of science, technology and medicine. We are a focal point for the history of states and nations in modern Europe, and have a distinguished tradition in the history of European empires and in global interaction more broadly. We are Britain's major centre for the study of Australian history, and have important research interests in South Asia, twentieth century Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. We are particularly proud of the connections we make between these different periods, places and topics, an element that plays an important part in our teaching and underpins our provision of joint degree programmes. We hope that you enjoy your time at KCL and make the very most of everything that the department has to offer. 

Professor Abigail Woods
Head of Department

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