Department of History

About the Department of History

Our academic staff are central to our success and create our lively and inclusive research culture. All of them are nationally or internationally recognised scholars in their fields.

I hope you will find these pages interesting and that they will convey some of the stimulating and friendly atmosphere of the Department. 

Dr Ross Balzaretti, Head of Department

Lenton Grove


Teaching and learning

Our teaching and learning methods, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, are strongly focused on 'active learning'. We emphasise that effective learning in History comes especially from one's own enquiries, critical thinking, and reflection.

You will therefore be encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers, whilst being guided by expert tutors. Active participation and involvement in class discussion and group activities are given priority as a means of developing skills required for learning, researching and employment.

History of the Department

The Department of History was established as a separate department in 1911, although the subject was taught from the foundation of University College, Nottingham, in 1881. In 1983 the formerly separate Department of Economics and Social History merged into History. In 1998, History was joined with Art History to form the School of History and Art History, a union which lasted until 2003. In August 2011 the School of History became part of the School of Humanities.


As a student at the University of Nottingham, you join a lively academic and social community. You will meet people from all walks of life, make like-minded friends and find yourself being challenged and stimulated throughout your studies. Our students are widely respected for their ability to make the most of their work/life balance with many work experience opportunities available throughout your studies. As a result, the University boasts an excellent record for graduate employment and progression to postgraduate or professional qualifications.

As a graduate in History you will be provided with an excellent foundation for your future career and the many possibilities that this may entail.

For guidance through your degree and after graduating the Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career and achieve your ambitions.

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Department of History
Lenton Grove
The University of Nottingham
University Park
NG7 2RD 

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Research in the Department

Undergraduate degree courses


Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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