History and American Studies Undergraduate Courses

Our highly regarded history degrees are flexible, taught by experts, and are relevant to today’s world.

Study history at Derby and you will be able to relate the past to the present. With a rich heritage surrounding you, from the original Roman settlement to the region’s pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, studying history at Derby will help you understand some of the problems facing us today.

Our focus is on modern and contemporary history, with specific topics including the First World War, the Cold War and the history of medicine.

Our central location means you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of visits and fieldtrips which will help you put your studies into context – previous students have visited the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the historic city of Chester and the urban heartland of Manchester.

Career opportunities

Our history degrees are relevant, informative, designed to develop communication skills and to give you the best start in your career.

  • Education
  • Law
  • Civil service
  • Management
  • Marketing

“My time at Derby has been wonderful”

“My time at Derby has been wonderful. I started with the clear goal to become a teacher, not really knowing that I would gain so much from the experience. I cannot fault the history lecturers for their guidance, patience and kindness. I was so pleased to win the award just before my graduation. It was such an honour to see all my research, hard work and passion for history recognised. From the archive research to the writing, this piece of work was immensely enjoyable and exciting to create.”

Rebecca graduated with a First Class Honours in History and English and was awarded the Royal Historical Society/History Today Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for her dissertation: Cutting Through the ‘Gordian Knot’: The British Military Service Tribunals During the Great War.

What to expect when studying History at the University of Derby

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Undergraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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