Undergraduate Courses


The History course at Oxford offers more than one hundred options, spanning all areas of the globe and a period of 1500 years, with expertise offered by more than 90 historians who research and write on a wide variety of themes and topics.

As an Oxford historian, you will join a thriving community of almost 1,000 undergraduate historians from around the world. Oxford offers a unique range of seminars, lectures, workshops and talks which we hope you will take advantage of – in addition to many special exhibitions hosted at Oxford’s libraries and museums.

Historians at St Peter’s are a vibrant community and well-known around college and the University for their involvement in student journalism, theatre, sport, and voluntary and charity work, among many other activities.

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The course at St Peter's

Reflecting the broad content of the History course, St Peter’s has several tutors (you can find their profiles in the right hand column), who provide year-group classes as well as tutorials. Students are encouraged to follow their interests and in the second and third years they have a free choice from all university courses available and we also encourage interdisciplinary approaches and insights from archaeology, anthropology and economics. Examples of the papers you can take can be found here.

But first year options are limited so that new undergraduates are taught by the college tutors themselves, and work with, and get to know other members of their year group. Although most of the final assessment is by examination, an extended essay and thesis are also required, allowing students to develop their interests and analytical skills.

The college Library has a large section devoted to History and is constantly expanding and updating its collections. St Peter's also has its own history seminar room.

St Peter's also awards a number of prizes in History each year.

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