Choose from a range of History degrees including undergraduate, Masters and PhD courses.

At Sussex, history matters. To understand our changing world, you’ll learn how the past shapes the present.

Choice is key to our history degrees, where you study world history from the 16th century to today.

You’ll get hands-on experience using historical evidence from online and archive sources. The Keep, an archive conservation building next to our campus, houses:

  • the Mass Observation Archive
  • the German Jewish Family Archives.

A Sussex history degree gives you transferable skills for today’s workplace. And you’ll develop the knowledge needed to become a practising historian.

Explore History at Sussex

The undergraduate view


  • Video transcript

    Hi, my name is Jess, and I'm currently studying History at the University of Sussex.

    History has always been something that I've been interested in, and I love to read historical fiction and watch historical documentaries so picking history was quite an easy choice for me to make.


    I personally chose Sussex because I went to multiple different open days and some were online and I looked at the courses that were provided and I just found that Sussex provided courses that I found more interesting.

    I also love Brighton, so it was quite nice that I got to be able to pick a university that was quite close to it.


    Coming to uni at first, was quite daunting.

    It's a whole new place with loads of new people.

    But once I actually got into the course and started meeting new people and made new friends it all became a lot easier.


    I've enjoyed the course, I found the topics really interesting.

    I've also found that the teachers have been really helpful.

    At first, I was quite worried about having to write a university essay, but when I went to student hours and emailed the teachers, they were all really helpful.


    Since starting uni, I've definitely grown in confidence, and that's academically and personally.

    I found it a lot easier now to start being able to talk in seminars and talk to others about what we've done in the reading.

    I've also found it a lot easier now to speak to new people.


    In the next year at uni I'm looking forward to being able to pick my own modules and look at new parts of the world and time periods that I found interesting, and also look at new places that I've never been able to previously study before.


    Go to lots of different open days, speak to current students and look at the topics and courses that they provide because I find if it's something that you're interested in, you're going to be more motivated to actually learn it and get the work done.

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