The Faculty of History and Geography

Situated at the heart of the campus just opposite the student restaurant, the Faculty is housed in well-equipped premises in terms of lecture theatres, specially adapted classrooms and multimedia facilities (automatic mapping, computing, wifi, language teaching, etc) and offers courses in history, geography and heritage studies, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. An archaeological site in Gosnay, near Béthune, is run by the Faculty and provides our students with valuable fieldwork and work experience.
Courses are taught by lecturers and researchers from the Faculty who are members of recognized research laboratories and teams, as well as external specialists (from local authorities, businesses, associations and administrations) who also accompany students during their interships.

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate studies are centred upon the different chronological, thematic and geographical domains of history. Other subjects such as art history, archaeology, geography, languages, information technology and communication, are included in order to give the student a broader based education. In year three, classes in political science are also offered along with preparation for heritage studies.
The geography degree offers specialisation in mountain geography, coastal studies, tourism, biogeography, globalization and border studies, as well as including history, foreign languages, information technology and communication.
In year three, students can opt to specialize in urban and rural development and planning, thanks to a degree in landscaping which focuses upon urban and rural management.

Postgraduate Studies

History and Geography students are prepared together for the national teaching examination known as the CAPES.
There are two pathways to the Master’s degree – one which is research-based and one which is vocationally orientated :


In both history and geography, the Master’s programme can lead to a Ph.D. As well as these subjects, there is a Master’s programme in the Science of Religion which is taught in conjunction with The Institute for the Study of Religion and the inter-university network which includes Artois University, the Opal Coast University, the University of Lille, and the Catholic Institute of Lille.


The Master’s degree in Heritage Studies specializing in the ‘Management of Heritage Projects’ prepares students for work in the tourism and cultural heritage sector through the acquisition of hands-on skills.
The Master’s degree in ‘The Development of Territorial, Urban and Rural Planning and Environments’ prepares students for top level jobs in local and sustainable development by providing them with dual skills in applied geography and economics.
Both of these degrees enjoy an excellent reputation and benefit from the existing local networks which provide both professional staff and opportunities for internships.