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Why study with us

Our expertise is rich, broad and international, spanning British, Welsh, European (including Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia), Asian, and North American histories. You’ll also have the opportunity to take your work directly to the public, and explore issues of engagement and educational co-production with the local community to demonstrate the importance of history in the wider community.


Placement opportunities

Gain professional experience in the heritage sector as part of our Master’s degree.


Investigating past worlds, crossing continents

We are researching topics from the medieval to the modern period, from sexuality in the Middle Ages right through to Cold War Europe and slavery in North America.


Top 20 in the UK

We're ranked 17th for the significance, rigour and originality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


History (MA)

Full time, Part time

Ancient History (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

We offer a full range of expertise across Ancient History.

Archaeology (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

We offer a full range of expertise in the archaeology of Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean from 5000 BC-1000 AD.

Conservation (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

We offer a full range of expertise across conservation.

History and Welsh History (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

Pursue original research, supervised by leading historians with expertise in a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range, spanning the medieval to the modern period across the globe.

Our videos

MA History Open Day Talk

Find out more about our new MA History in this open day talk. Professor Keir Waddington introduces the history department including teaching expertise and research themes, while Dr James Ryan expands on the content of our MA and the features that make it distinctive.

History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University

Find out more about studying with us at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Learning together

Dr Jenny Benham and Charlotte Willis talk about the importance of learning about other cultures and societies.

Our new Master’s degree explores topics more deeply across a range of periods and countries, offering exciting opportunities to undertake research and work with heritage partners.
Professor Keir Waddington Professor of History (Study Leave 2022/3)

Learn more about us

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Award-winning engagement

Our engagement projects are building positive links in communities, the heritage sector and schools through projects like SHARE with Schools. Recognised as a national beacon of excellence, the CAER Heritage Project has put the prehistoric story of Wales’ capital city and the Caerau and Ely communities on the map.

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Take your interests to the next level

Our innovative MA History degree enables you to undertake a public engagement project with real-world impact, or conduct your own original research on a topic of your choice through the traditional dissertation route.

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Postgraduate research

Make your original contribution to knowledge in a thriving, internationally renowned research community. We offer flexible PhD/MPhil pathways in History and Welsh History, and Ancient History. Learn more about our research themes.

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Funding your studies

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How to apply

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