About LJMU History

"The staff provide the most amazing support and encourage you to challenge yourself and achieve the best you can" - Melissa Brockleshurst, LJMU History Graduate, 2019

"The best three years, where I had opportunities I never thought I'd have" - Patrice Atherton, LJMU History Graduate, 2018

Specialising in modern history, the LJMU History department offers a range of modules that uncover the complex pasts of a fascinating world, covering everything from the histories of empires, to slavery in the United States, Europe and its wars, the cities of the Victorian Age, LGBTQ history, the decolonisation of Africa, as well as the histories of Ireland, Latin America, the Middle East, China and much more. Via lectures, seminars, workshops and fields trips, our programme delivers students a comprehensive education in the social, political and cultural aspects of the past, with the aim to better understand the present.

LJMU History is ranked by the Guardian League Table as 9th in the country, with a rating of 96.7% overall satisfaction for our teaching, and 92% overall satisfaction for the programme. In the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS), LJMU History's Bachelor of Arts in History achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 93%. The 97% rating we achieved for our teaching in the NSS demonstrates the success of our approach, which is to create a supportive, welcoming environment for our students in which to deliver modules that bring history to life in the lecture hall, consistently leaving students satisfied.


From small-class seminars at Level 4, to international fieldwork excursions at Level 5 and a Dissertation Conference at Level 6, LJMU History offers its students a multi-faceted learning experience both on and off campus

Getting out of the lecture hall: International fieldwork and student excursions

LJMU History is dedicated to providing our students with an international experience during their time with us. This comes via our International Fieldwork Module, which has previously included a university funded trip for students to Madrid (to study the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939) and Berlin (to study Holocaust history). Currently, our International Fieldwork Module - Modern France - includes a supervised trip to Normandy, where students get to view the beaches that were used as landing grounds on D-Day, as well as other historic sites tied to the history of France in the Second World War. 

Beyond the internationalised curriculum, LJMU History also offers its students field trips to Edinburgh, London and Dublin at various stages of the undergraduate programme, where they are given tours of archives, museums and historical sites. This commitment by LJMU History to educating outside of the classroom both builds a sense of community within the student cohort, and delivers a well-rounded teaching and learning experience, which opens students' eyes to the history that lies on their doorstep.

The secret to success: How we teach and our students learn

As our NSS statistics demonstrate, LJMU History’s lecturers deliver a world-class teaching experience to our students, via a combination of established and innovative methods. Some modules utilise a traditional lecture and seminar format to deliver content, whilst others feature workshops, field trips and digital learning. This includes online discussions, blog creation and digital poster development. The result of these various approaches is a comprehensive and dynamic teaching and learning experience, in which crucial learning outcomes such comprehension, reading and writing are achieved alongside the development of transferable skills that increase student employability.

A history department for a city of history: Our connections to Merseyside

LJMU History is embedded into the fabric of the city of Liverpool. Our lecturers both disseminate their research at, and organize teaching and learning exercises with, a range of museums, cultural institutions, local history and social groups throughout the Greater Merseyside Area. We have partnerships with the Museum of Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum, the Tate Art Gallery, the Bluecoat Gallery and Arts Centre, the National Trust and the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. Our lecturers also deliver public talks and exhibitions that convey their research, enriching the cultural fabric of Liverpool and highlighting its history to the public.

Life in Liverpool: The best of the student experience

At LJMU History, we believe that organised activities beyond the classroom are fundamental to delivering a well-rounded university experience to our students. From their Induction Week through until their Graduation Ceremony in the iconic Liverpool Cathedral, our students enjoy a range of quiz nights, field trips and balls that create a vibrant social community within LJMU History, and develop friendships that last through to graduation and beyond.

This is in addition to the activities offered to students by the city of Liverpool itself, including attending gigs in the world-famous Cavern Quarter or touring events at the Echo Arena, partaking of a night out in Concert Square and, of course, enjoying the football at two of the country's most legendary grounds. It is not for nothing that Liverpool has been voted by students themselves as the second best city in the country to live and study in.