School of History, Archaeology and Philosophy

The home of History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Studies, Religion, Ethics and Philosophy. We are a body of cognate subject areas all interested in examining the human experience through time.

We are global in outlook and personal in approach. We explore the past from a variety of perspectives and we have expertise in a wide range of periods and regions, from the Palaeolithic to the twenty-first century, from Latin America to Japan. We offer something for everyone, from Foundation degrees to PhDs.

Our degrees offer a broad as well as deep experience that can open up numerous career paths. Extensive options allow you to either pursue your specific interests or to experience a wide range of time periods. 

Over the years we have developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of organisations, in many cases leading to subsequent employment. There are also valuable extracurricular volunteering opportunities for our students to enrich their course experience and enhance their employability. 

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Strong research profile

We are a community of internationally recognised scholars. We incorporate our research into our teaching and we actively contribute to current academic debates. We have research strengths in prehistoric, Classical, medieval and modern history and archaeology, cultural and physical anthropology, and heritage management.

Our  staff are currently working as far afield as the Caribbean and the Caucasus, on periods ranging from the Palaeolithic to the Second World War. Topics range from indigenous Caribbean contributions to the development of botanical science to the mental health benefits of archaeological fieldwork. Students have the opportunity to join staff on many of these research projects. 

Our students are a valued part of our research culture and we offer opportunities to get directly involved with our research. The Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) is a pioneering scheme offering bursaries to undergraduate students to work with an academic on a real research project.

We have a dynamic community of Masters, MPhil and PhD students, and we welcome enquiries about postgraduate study. Find out more about Research Degrees at Winchester.

State of the art facilities

Our facilities are of a high standard and continually upgraded. We have an excellent reputation for a variety of fieldwork types and the department is well equipped to undertake most types of field projects. Laboratory teaching and research are supported by a dedicated technician.

An outward-looking school

Our academics regularly participate in local and regional public engagement activities such as the annual BBC History Weekend, Winchester Heritage Open Days and the CBA Festival of Archaeology, and work closely with organisations such as Hampshire Cultural Trust and the National Trust. We publish popular articles, give interviews and guided tours, and carry out consultancy. Free research seminar series, open to staff, students and the general public alike, are organised every academic year, and we frequently organise excavation open days.

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