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ABOUT LJMU HISTORY

A PROGRAMME THAT PUTS STUDENTS FIRST

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

"There are so many uncertainties at the moment.....the staff at @LJMUHistory and @JMUEnglish are amazing and will support you every step of the way -
Lynn Lundy, LJMU History and English Literature Student

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, terrorism and insurgency, the decolonisation of Africa, as well as the histories of Ireland, Latin America, and the Middle East. 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 currently holds a 97% 'overall satisfaction' rate in the National Student Survey (2020). Our 98% satisfaction in the fields of 'student support' and 'intellectual stimulation' reflects our commitment to creating a supportive, welcoming environment for our students, in which we deliver modules that bring history to life.

WHY STUDY HISTORY AT LJMU?

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. 

This commitment to 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 results 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 online learning modalities. This includes online video discussions, blog creation and digital poster development. The result of these varied approaches is a comprehensive and dynamic teaching and learning experience, in which crucial learning outcomes such as comprehension, reading and writing are achieved alongside the development of transferable digital 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 M&S 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 is regarded as one of the top cities in the country for students to live and study in.