School of History, Classics and Archaeology



Our historians have expertise in topics spanning a range of periods, places and themes.

Students look at a map in the Special Collections

In Newcastle, local and regional history overlaps significantly with national and European history. The city's involvement in key events such as:

  • the Anglo-Scottish wars
  • the English civil war
  • the Jacobite rebellions
  • the industrial revolution

makes it an stimulating place to study the subject. 

At Newcastle University our staff have expertise in a range of research areas. We cover a variety of geographical places and span the Medieval (500-1500), Early Modern (1500-1800) and Modern periods (1800-present).

Undergraduate study

We offer a number of single and joint honours undergraduate degrees, and you can study history as part of the Combined Honours degree.

Postgraduate study

We also offer taught and research postgraduate degrees in history and history of medicine.


Our researchers have a high profile with a reputation for producing dynamic and innovative work.

The majority of research submitted to the Research Excellent Framework 2014 was officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

We have an international reputation for our research and teaching in the history of medicine, and have been successful in raising Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme and Research Council funding. 

We are a partner with Durham University in the Northern Centre for the History of Medicineone of the top centres for history of medicine in the UK. Activities include:

  • a co-ordinated research programme
  • joint workshops for MA students (from both universities)
  • a number of PhD projects
  • a series of joint seminars
  • workshops and conferences
  • visiting fellowships

We also maintain active links with major research centres in the UK and abroad.