Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings damaged by the Earthquake 22 February 2011


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If you are a student, teacher or just a lover of history, History at the University of Canterbury has something for you. Our Department features a raft of interesting courses taught by established scholars. Take a closer look.

About History

History at Canterbury is a research-led programme where courses are taught by committed teachers, researchers and book authors.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate courses from four main geographical groupings: Asia; America; New Zealand and Australia; Britain and Europe. However, some thematic courses range widely across geographical boundaries, most notably world history, revolutions, emancipations, and advanced courses in health history, social history, medieval history and feminist history.

Though History at Canterbury has a strong New Zealand research emphasis, opportunities for postgraduate research are not confined to New Zealand. Indeed, history at Canterbury has produced a creditable succession of MA and PhD theses on non-New Zealand topics, utilising a range of specialised primary sources.

In 2006, Luke Fenwick won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University with a Master's thesis on an aspect of post-war Germany. His research was partly funded by the Canterbury History Foundation.
The History Programme endorses the university's mission statement and its objective of maintaining its position as a leading research university.

A short history of History at Canterbury


Publications by members of the History Department.

Short films featuring students and staff from the History Department.

Virtual Bookshelf
Web-based projects developed in the History Department.

News and Announcements

The Canterbury Roll

As part of a UC Summer Scholarship project, the History Dept is launching a website that introduces the medieval Canterbury Roll to a wider local and international audience. The site provides a 'virtual' version of the roll and an introductory analysis that situates this unique document in its social and political context.

Royal Society Marsden Fund awarded to Heather Wolffram

Heather Wolffram has obtained History's fifth prestigious Royal Society Marsden Fund grant for the project Criminal Minds: A History of Forensic Psychology, 1850-1950. The grant is worth $345,000 over three years over 3 years.