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Medieval and modern history

Explore the theory of history
Studying history teaches you how to think about cause and effect and about how and why things change.

We focus on topics ranging from war to politics, culture and sexuality, the history of ideas and the history of food. We also span the Middle Ages to the present, from Australia to China, the United States and Europe.

Our academic staff practise a diverse range of approaches to the past with particular strengths in cultural history, gender history and transnational history. Many of our academic staff have won awards for their teaching and research and are committed to giving our students a world-class education and a gateway to life beyond university.

Why study medieval and modern history with us?

  • We are ranked 26th in the world for history.*
  • We offer a broad range of student placements, allowing you to gain hands-on, workplace experience.
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.**
  • We offer a wide range of scholarships and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement.   

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Our study offering

The study of history equips you to understand change, to look at things from different perspectives, and to assess diverse kinds of information. It offers a variety of topics, from war to politics, culture and sexuality, the history of ideas and the history of food; and it spans the Middle Ages to the present, from Australia to China, the United States and Europe. 

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of EconomicsBachelor of Visual Arts as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Research

Explore two millennia of Jewish civilisation focusing on the historical evolution of Judaism, and how Jewish identity has been moulded by key Jewish thinkers and the Jewish historical experience. Gain insights into the rich cultural heritage of a small minority and their significant contributions to broader world culture in both the Christian and later Muslim worlds.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of EconomicsBachelor of Visual Arts as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Research

Where can study in history lead you? 

Our modern history program can open the doors to inspiring and rewarding career opportunities such as: 

  • Academic or researcher
  • Archives management
  • Communications specialist
  • Editor
  • Heritage consultant 
  • Historian 
  • Journalist 
  • Librarian
  • Museum or gallery curator 
  • Public service officer 
  • Publisher or literary agent
  • Teacher (with further study)

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