History & Archaeology

Let the Past be your Future.

In its infinite variety, the past affects the lives of us all. Our undergraduate and postgraduate History and Archaeology taught programmes at Chester seek to reflect the importance and diversity of the study of the past through historical and archaeological research. Meanwhile, we offer a range of opportunities for you to pursue postgraduate research through our MRes History, MRes Archaeology or by MPhil or PhD.

Work-based and experiential earning are embedded in the both the history and archaeology degrees.

The History and Archaeology Department is based in a modern purpose-built building at the heart of the University's main Chester Campus.

We teach through a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals in the field and in the lab. In both history and archaeology, field trips and visits are used as well as problem-based teaching methods. Students benefit from the contribution of practising archaeology, heritage and history professionals and from the opportunities within the MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes to undertake their own bespoke research.

The Department of History and Archaeology has very good links with heritage, museum and archive agencies within the city of Chester, from which students are able to benefit during the course of their studies.

Bayeux Tapestry

The Department is also one of the leading research units within the University, with REF2014, the UK’s national assessment of research quality, recognising that the Department produces work of ‘world leading’ (4*) standard. Our research interests and specialisms are diverse, ranging over the medieval, early modern and modern periods, and over local, British, European, American and international history. Research in archaeology focuses on the Mesolithic, Roman and early medieval periods in Britain, with a strong emphasis on archaeological science and heritage practice. When you have read through the information on this website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Student Satisfaction:

History & Archaeology at Chester received overall satisfaction ratings of 98% and 85% respectively in the 2015 National Student Survey.  97% of students in the NSS 2015 agreed that staff in History and Archaeology are enthusiastic about what they teach. History ranks =7th in the UK for overall satisfaction with the course. Archaeology ranks =6th in the Uk for satisfaction with the course (Guardian University Guide 2016) and outranks institutions such as Bristol, Bradford, Birmingham, Edinburgh, UCLan and Worcester.