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Why study History at NCH

‘Studying history is endlessly fascinating. It is an opportunity to study not just the history of present-day societies but also, much more excitingly, to come to realise the enormous variance of human experience. History removes the blinders and makes us understand that the way the world works now is not the only way, that the world has been different and that it will be again.

When we study history we do not just learn about the past, but also about how we get to know about the past. As well as how we can share this knowledge more widely. Studying history at NCH involves a rigorous training in source criticism and the modern communication of history, besides learning about the past itself. Studying history then is not just great fun, but also provides an excellent background for work in a wide range of fields.’

Dr Lars Kjaer, Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

The history faculty has an active social and academic life and many opportunities to get involved. Our Wednesday series of seminars feature presentations by visiting academics, former and current students and members of the faculty. They provide students with opportunities to learn about new developments in the discipline, share their own findings and get to know other members of the wider NCH history family.

If you love ideas, choose to study at a place where the lectures are sufficiently small that you can ask questions and debate them, and where other students have the same self-selecting keen curiosity and interest in their studies that you do.

Choose to study at a place where your tutors will meet with you individually each week to help you to formulate and defend your own interpretations of the texts you’re reading and connect your ideas and questions with others in the philosophical tradition.

Choose to study at NCH.