Newcastle is an intellectually exciting place to study history. It is the capital of a historically important region. It has been involved in the Anglo-Scottish wars, the English civil war and the Jacobite rebellions. In the later medieval period Anglo-Scottish border warfare was fought out in the neighbouring countryside. In the nineteenth century the city and its region became a power-house of industrialisation.
Lord Armstrong's works on the banks of the Tyne built armaments and warships for the world. During the twentieth century Newcastle was hit by economic depression and decline of manufacturing industry, but it is now experiencing a remarkable cultural revival. In Newcastle, local and regional history overlaps significantly with national and European history.
Our researchers have a high profile with a reputation for producing dynamic and innovative work. The majority of research submitted to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise was officially classified as world-leading, internationally excellent or recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Find out about our staff research interests.
At postgraduate level we offer a range of taught master's programmes and research degrees (MLitt, MPhil and PhD). The School provides a stimulating research environment which brings together historians (including ancient historians), archaeologists and classicists. Postgraduates are encouraged to attend the School's research seminars.
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