Why Study History at Chester?
There has never been a better time to study History - and Chester is an exciting place to study it!
As a student studying both History and Archaeology, it is essential for me to have a hard-working and always-improving department to rely upon. The department here at Chester is such a reliable and suitable place for me to do my studies, and for me to get the most out of myself.
History deals with the recorded human past; everything that we know about what people have done, how they have lived their lives, and the causes and effects of social, political, cultural and economic events and developments. By studying the past you enrich the quality of your life by better understanding why the world is as it is, and gain a greater appreciation of your place in it. The study of history also helps you to acquire the skills that employers value, such as original and critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and information handling. These skills will serve you well in the job market, and can open up many career options.
History students have access to a wider range of sources than ever before, and the Department of History and Archaeology - based close to Chester's historic city centre - aims to reflect the immense variety of the subject, covering different periods, themes and approaches to the past.
Your study experience
At Chester, the study of history covers a substantial range of topics, from the Crusades to Communism, and from Justinian to the Jacobites. You can explore the turning points in history, the role of empire in world history, and war, nationalism and revolution in the twentieth century.
The department also has strong links to the Cheshire Military Museum and the students have privileged use of its archives. Together with the material in the Cheshire Record Office, which is also in Chester, these are ideal for students studying the wide range of courses on offer.
We are always keen to respond to student opinion, taking this into account when deciding module content, style of delivery and methods of assessment. Students particularly appreciate the friendly, supportive environment, the wide choice of modules and the opportunity to study selected topics in depth, under the guidance of research-active staff.
- "The history lecturers are all very nice. When the revolution occurs they will all be spared.' Anonymous First Year Student.