How you'll learn
In 2017, our students gave us a 90% satisfaction rating for the teaching on their course in the National Student Survey.
You will learn through lectures, supported by seminars which facilitate small-group discussion and debate, in a dynamic learning environment. We believe that learning is a two-way collaborative process and encourage students to develop their own informed views, creating confident, independent and inquisitive individuals.
At Reading, our academics are acknowledged experts at the forefront of their disciplines and active researchers; this cutting-edge research informs their teaching, exposing students to a wealth of knowledge and the latest developments in thinking.
Our research strengths are concentrated in areas of political culture, economic and social history, and religious history. In particular, we focus on questions of political and religious ideology, political patronage, minorities, and aspects of political, socio-cultural and economic change.
"It's incredibly exciting to learn from experts in the field - you are listening to the authority on that subject and often reading cutting-edge research.”
Our extensive range of periods, topics and specialist subjects grants you the freedom to tailor your course to fit your own interests - the ability to pick your own pathway through your degree means your studies can be as broad, or as narrow, as you choose.
An inclusive, supportive community
Join our friendly department - every student and staff member is part of our inclusive community and you will be supported throughout your time with us and beyond.
We foster a supportive environment and our academics forge excellent student-staff relationships through our consistent personal tutor system; we are committed to developing you as an individual and supporting your aspirations.
"I nominated Dr Jacqui Turner for RUSU's Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence Award which she won. Jacqui supported me throughout my degree, enabling me to pursue topics I was passionate about. I honestly cannot stop praising her.”
You will also be welcomed by the student-run History Society. The society is approachable and friendly, and provides opportunities for you to get to know your fellow students and lecturers in a relaxed, informal setting.
They run a range of social events, including trips abroad, an end-of-year formal, day trips and movie nights: the society recently travelled to Krakow, where they spent three days in the city exploring lots of historical sites and other fun adventures. Join the society to build great friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime.
"The History Society offers a great opportunity for all students to socialise in a relaxed, friendly environment. We run a range of events, and every year we also offer a trip abroad. It has been one of the most valuable and rewarding university experiences.”
Study trip abroad
See more of the world and travel to a European city for an in-depth historical study project. You can opt to spend a week abroad as part of your studies with one of our academics, to learn about their research in relation to the location. Last year, students had a fantastic time when they visited Berlin.
Our Department holds unique resources of international significance, important to historians around the globe. We facilitate a collections-based approach through actively teaching our students using our variety of significant resources. We also encourage our students to use these resources themselves, and you will have access to our Special Collections and Reading Room. This access to primary sources and collections will bring your studies to life and set you apart from other graduates.
Reading is a student-friendly, award-winning campus university, set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland with our scenic lake, woodlands and the celebrated Harris Gardens. Our thriving community includes the Student's Union, library, cafes and clubs, and is a short distance to the lively town centre of Reading.
Our location in Reading offers excellent access to resources important to the study of history, including: the Berkshire Record Office, Reading Museum, and Reading Library. Located a short distance from both London and Oxford and with excellent transport connections, our close proximity gives students access to the British Museum, the British Library and the Ashmolean Museum and their important historical collections.
Individual support throughout your degree
We care about our students and their progress. Find out more about how we support your learning.