History University College OxfordThe most striking thing about History at Oxford is its extraordinary range and the enormous amount of choice offered to students (there are over 100 different options), reflecting the breadth of interests and expertise among those who teach here. Oxford is celebrated for the broad chronological sweep of its courses. You can study options on any part of British, European and Global History from the fading years of the Roman Empire to the present day. We offer very well-received courses on North American, Latin American, Asian, and African themes, and when it comes to British History we have options available on the English and the Celtic peoples in the later twelfth century, on Irish Nationalism from 1870 to 1921, and on the Northern Ireland Troubles. For those who are interested in the development of historical thought, a first-year option looks at the work of historical writers from Tacitus, the chronicler of the corruption of early imperial Rome, to Max Weber, the founder of modern sociology and second only to Marx in his influence on historians.

At Univ, the History tutors provide an environment which is both supportive and rigorous. All undergraduates are encouraged to confront periods and concepts beyond those encompassed by a narrow chronological focus. Students have the opportunity of seeing things not just in their immediate context but also in the perspective of long-term developments. Our tutors foster a strong sense of community among the College’s historians, regularly bringing together undergraduates, graduates and faculty members for academic and social events. The College library has a very well-stocked History section, and Univ is just a few minutes’ walk from the History Faculty Library and the Bodleian. At Univ we offer tuition in History as a single honours course, and also in three joint schools: History and Modern Languages, History and Politics, and Ancient and Modern History. (Correct as of 2018 entry.)

There is a wealth of information about the History course structure, possible option choices, and admissions criteria on the University of Oxford’s main website, available at ox.ac.uk

Any undergraduate degree at Oxford provides you with a wide variety of transferable skills and therefore Univ’s students progress to a diverse range of careers. For some, their undergraduate degree leads to academic research, industrial research or teaching. For many, their future career, for instance in business, government or the charitable sector, is defined less by the subject they studied and more by the skills they acquired. Oxford’s Careers Service provides destination statistics for graduates.


If you are considering applying for History, a number of resources you might find useful to explore beyond the school curriculum can be found on Univ’s Staircase12 pages, including the Reading Bank and Resource Hub.

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