Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the contemporary, including African, American, Asian, British and European history. We are particularly well-known for our strengths in cultural, intellectual and political history.
We practise well-established and innovative forms of historical research as individual scholars and in research groups. Whilst the work of our historians and doctoral researchers crosses many historical borders, it is carried out under three major research clusters: Society, Culture and Belief; History of Thought, Emotion and Knowledge; and National and International Society and Governance. We have world-leading research centres in the History of Political Thought and the History of the Emotions. We are also home to particularly prominent research groups in Medieval and Renaissance History, the Eighteenth Century, Modern Jewish Studies, as well as centres specialising in public policy and public engagement. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2021), the School of History was ranked 7th overall among every higher education institution in the UK, according to Times Higher Education – and Queen Mary’s own calculations show that we are #2 for the percentage of research outputs rated at the highest quality level (4*) and #5 for overall research output.