About History Research

We are a research intensive unit exploring Irish, British, and European history from the early modern period to the present day from a range of perspectives, chiefly political, international, gender, belief, war, decolonisation, ideas, and medical.


80% of our research environment is recognised as international in terms of originality, significance and rigour (REF, 2014).

Our research falls into the following main themes:

  • Early modern Irish and European history, including courts, witchcraft, warfare, slavery, plantation, migration, and diaspora.
  • Medical history. The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland houses expertise in modern medical history, including disease, diet, the body, mental health, hospitals, and sexuality.
  • Modern Irish, British, European history, including labour, gender, socialism and communism, decolonisation, and revolution.

Our Impact

Our research was integral to Derry/Londonderry being awarded UK City of Culture 2013.

It continues to underpin cultural and heritage tourism on both sides of the Irish border.

We are based in a state-of-the-art humanities building that opened in 2015.

This includes a purpose-built PhD research area for individual and group work.

Historians are members of national and international associations and networks.

This includes representation on industry and community-based organisations including:

  • PRONI
  • Cultúrlann Uí Channáin
  • Sráid Mhór Shéamais
  • Doire
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy