History & Archaeology

Let the Past be your Future.

Studying the past through History and Archaeology involves exploring the events and people that shaped the world today.  At Chester, we do history and archaeology; it's a process of investigation, of thinking, examining details and being able to explain the bigger picture.


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

The History and Archaeology Department is based in the heart of the University's main Chester Campus on Parkgate Road.

Undergraduate Programmes

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

We also welcome students interested in research degrees via the MPhil or PhD route.

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 94% respectively in the 2017 National Student Survey.