History at Glasgow has been ranked equal fourth in the UK for research excellence and impact.
The world-leading quality of our historical research has been confirmed in the results of the Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF2014). Find out more about our rating as one of the top institutions for History in the UK.


History at Glasgow brings together world-leading expertise in a diverse range of topics.

We have advanced knowledge of specialisms including:

  • American history and culture
  • social and gender history
  • history of medicine; and
  • the history of business and banking.

 Other areas of research excellence area:

  • medieval Europe
  • medieval Scotland, Ireland and the British Isles
  • war studies; and
  • early modern culture, beliefs and ideas

Student satisfaction

We are very proud that our final year undergraduates report satisfaction levels of 97%, according to the National Student Survey 2010. If you choose to study with us, you can learn from scholars who are at the cutting edge of their subjects and develop useful skills in critical and analytical thinking.

The University of Glasgow has taught history since 1897, when the Chair in History was founded. Chairs in Scottish History and Literature and in Medieval History followed. Around 1500 students take History courses each year, from our Level 1 courses on ‘The Making of Europe’ through Honours to our postgraduate programmes. There are over 100 research and taught postgraduate students.

We have long-standing student and staff exchanges with universities in the United States, Australia and Europe. All permanent staff are active researchers. For more information about staff research interests, follow the links to the staff pages. We have a very active programme of research seminars, lectures and collaborations.  As one would expect, Scottish History is a particular area of strength, and is leading the Paradox of Medieval Scotland project (jointly with staff in Celtic and Gaelic, and at Edinburgh University and Kings College London). History has a range of funded research projects, with support from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust.

History places the teaching and learning of students at the heart of its mission, and believes in the importance of research led teaching, so that students benefit from engaging with topics at the cutting edge.