Public Histories@Huddersfield

Take a look at what it means to study History at the University of Huddersfield. We hope this work will engage and inspire applicants, current students, community groups and potential employers to find out more about History courses at the University of Huddersfield.


In their second year, all of our undergraduate students take the placement module during which they gain a minimum of 6 weeks real-world experience in a professional environment. They’ve worked at:

Aviva Insurance
British Museum
Brooke Mills
Cannon Hall
Churches Conservation Trust
Colne Valley Museum
DIG York Archaeological Trust
English Heritage
Greater Manchester Police
Harewood House
Kirkburton Middle School
Kirklees Council
Lindley Junior School
Manchester Jewish Museum
National Coal Mining Museum
National Media Museum
National Trust
Opera North
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
The People’s History Museum
The Royal Armouries Museum
The Thackray Museum
University of Huddersfield Archives and Special Collections
West Yorkshire Archives


“The work placements have been mutually beneficial, our heritage project moving forward apace, whilst the students have developed both specific and transferable skills.”

Brian Heywood, Project Manager, Huddersfield Rugby League: A Lasting Legacy


“The placement programme in the second year is great.  I worked in a local MP's office, carrying out case work and getting a sense of how things work in politics. It was a highly worthwhile experience, as I've gone straight into a full-time job as a direct result of it:  I'm now a researcher and case worker for the same MP.”

Tom Chappelow – History BA(Hons) Local MP’s office

It gave me the confidence to apply for graduate jobs knowing that I have experience of professional methods and applications.   And because of my time at the Royal Armouries, I now have a curatorial manager as a referee.  All this certainly gave me a focus for my final year.

Teagan Smith,  History BA(Hons)

"The work is very hands on, so we have been able to get a realistic feel of what it would be like to work in a Museum environment.”
Toni Swales, History BA(Hons), on working for the Thackray Museum on their ‘Out of the Shadows’ exhibition.

Thinking of studying History at Huddersfield?

  • History at Huddersfield lies 15th in Guardian University Guide 2014 League Table
  • Our 2012 graduates awarded their History course 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey
  • We have professional links with the National Trust and English Heritage and excellent relationships with the Royal Armouries, and museums and galleries across Yorkshire
  • 96% of History graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating*

* statistics taken from 2010/11 destination of leavers survey

Considering study abroad?

Our Erasmus link is with:

University of Cergy-Pontoise, France and we are developing links with other international universities


“Friendly and mindful of the needs of their students, the staff do their best to offer support beyond lectures and seminars to ensure you achieve your potential.”
Tom Chappelow, History BA(Hons)

“University increased my independence and confidence. The course was challenging but fun and it not only increased my skills but got me a job that I love doing!”
Stephanie Watkins, History BA(Hons)


  • History BA(Hons)
  • English and History BA(Hons)
  • History and Politics BA(Hons)
  • History with a Modern Language BA(Hons)
  • Combined Honours BA(Hons)
  • Film Studies and History BA(Hons)
  • History MA
  • History MA by Research


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