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The study of History at Oxford combines the examination of large regions over extended periods of time with more focused work on smaller groups, shorter periods and particular problems. Oxford is celebrated for the broad chronological sweep of its courses and the enormous amount of choice offered to students.

History at St Edmund Hall

The University's History syllabus offers a wide range of options. St Edmund Hall encourages undergraduates reading the subject to cultivate their individual interests and preferences, and offers them the widest practicable choice of subjects both in 'Mods' - the First Public Examination, which is taken at the end of the first year - and in 'Finals' - the Second Public examination, which is taken at the end of the course. Some undergraduates like to spread their options widely, others to concentrate as far as possible on a particular period. If you decide during your studies that you want to take an option which involves a foreign language, the College will help you to learn or improve it.

St Edmund Hall historians are able to become members of the College History Society, run by the undergraduates. The college has a very friendly and welcoming community of historians, who make the most of all the college has to offer.  

The Tutors

St Edmund Hall has two History fellows: David Priestland, a specialist in both Russian and global twentieth-century history, and Nicholas Davidson, a specialist in Renaissance and early-modern European history. The Hall also has a Junior Research Fellow in history and a College Lecturer in medieval history.


History graduates go on to follow careers in fields such as law, investment banking and consultancies, advertising, accountancy, the Civil Service, publishing, journalism and the media, global charity work, museums, librarianship and archive work, and teaching.

Course Requirements

History at St Edmund Hall has the same requirements as those listed in the University Prospectus.

As part of the application process, all candidates must sit the History Aptitude Test (HAT) at their school or college before interview. More information on the HAT can be obtained from the Admissions Testing Service. Candidates are also required to submit an example of their written work – an A2 level essay on an historical topic, written as part of their normal school or college work. For more information on written work, please see the University Website.