Study for a postgraduate degree

The History group at Hertfordshire was ranked 5th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. This result reflects the department's outstanding performance in the supervision of research degrees and in fostering a world-class research environment for both staff and postgraduate researchers.

Hertfordshire offers world-class teaching and research opportunities to a vibrant community of graduate students from the UK and across the world. Whether you are beginning a career in academia, searching for additional skills before entering the job market, or looking to enhance your career prospects, postgraduate degrees at Hertfordshire can offer you critical skills, knowledge and intellectual development.

The history department offers a wide range of expertise for supervising research projects, from early modern to modern Britain, and 20th century Europe and the Americas. Find out more about our staff's areas of expertise.

Why study at Hertfordshire?

We provide a supportive environment for research students. We foster long-term links with many institutions and societies who facilitate work experience, archive research and career networking. These include:

  • scholarly bodies such as the Institute of Historical Research, Social History Society and Economic History Society.
  • museums and archives such as the British Museum, Bank of England, Foundling Museum, National Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, and Hertfordshire Archives and Library Service.
  • local community groups and history societies in Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage and across the region.

Research students

Our history research students run their own History Lab, with a varied programme of activities and events.

Every year History students and staff at the University of Hertfordshire hold their research conference at Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park. See this video for further details: