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About UCL History

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The UCL History department, which dates back to 1830, is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world for the quality of both its research and teaching, and our rewarding programmes make it an exciting place to study over 5000 years of history, across every continent, from the ancient Middle East to the twenty-first century.

We take pride in being elite but not elitist, and are committed to nurturing talent, irrespective of students' backgrounds, and to maintaining a learning environment in which students are both supported and stretched in order to both make the transition into higher education and achieve their full potential.

We are also committed to research-based learning, by ensuring that every member of staff is engaged in research whilst also teaching across the full range of our programmes and modules; that we have a modern and dynamic curriculum which is energised by cutting-edge research; and that students are engaged in research at every stage of their degree.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 82% of our submission was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', and in the 2015 National Student Survey the department scored 96% for teaching satisfaction.