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The University grew out of the Sheffield Medical School (founded in 1828), Firth College (1879) and the Sheffield Technical School (1884). These three institutions came together in 1897 to form the University College of Sheffield, which in turn became the University of Sheffield in 1905.
Academic departments are grouped into six faculties: Arts and Humanities; Engineering; Medicine, Dentistry and Health; Science; Social Sciences; and International Faculty, City College, Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Department of History’s outstanding reputation is built upon a rich tradition. Since its foundation in 1896, many celebrated historians have taught and researched here, in fields of study which remain at the heart of the Department’s research and teaching today. For a sample of some of the famous books that have been written here, see our Made in Sheffield page.
The Department is based in the award-winning Jessop West building. We are at the heart of the central University campus, directly opposite the Information Commons and close to University Halls of Residence, lecture halls, libraries and local amenities. University Campus Map
High-quality teaching at a leading research university
The Department of History is one of the largest, most active and successful centres for teaching and historical research in the UK. Our historians are engaged in cutting-edge research in a huge variety of fields which range from the first century right up to the twenty first, and with particular strengths in British, European, African and American history.
The diversity of our research feeds into a vibrant and varied curriculum which allows students to pursue their interests across both space and time, from ancient Rome to the modern Middle East, and from fifteenth-century human sacrifice to twentieth-century genocide. Our teaching is consistently rated as excellent, and our modules develop students into well-rounded and flexible historians, and capable, confident graduates.