About us

History at Glasgow has been ranked 4th in the UK for research excellence and impact. The world-leading quality of our historical research has been confirmed in the results of the .

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 are:

  • medieval Europe
  • medieval Scotland, Ireland and the British Isles [leading the Paradox of Medieval Scotland project, jointly with the University of Edinburgh and Kings College London]
  • war studies
  • early modern culture, beliefs and ideas

We have long-standing student and staff exchanges with universities in the United States, Australia and Europe. All permanent staff are active researchers and we have a very active programme of research .  

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. 

History has a range of research projects, with support from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust.