Mar­itime His­tory and Naval His­tory Edu­ca­tion at the Cen­tre for Mar­itime His­tor­i­cal Studies


Founded in 1855, The Uni­ver­sity of Exeter is a pub­lic uni­ver­sity in South West Eng­land. It is one of the UK’s most pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful uni­ver­si­ties with cam­puses in Exeter, Devon, and near Fal­mouth in Corn­wall. The Uni­ver­sity also has Project Offices in Shang­hai, Bei­jing and Ban­ga­lore. It belongs to the 1994 Group, an asso­ci­a­tion of 19 of the United Kingdom’s smaller research-​intensive uni­ver­si­ties. Exeter was ranked among the top 200 uni­ver­si­ties in the world for the first time, com­ing 184th in the THE World Uni­ver­sity Rankings.

With 17,950 stu­dents reg­is­tered, of which 16,550 are full-​time and 1,400 part-​time, it is ranked sixth in the UK for stu­dent sat­is­fac­tion in the lat­est National Stu­dent Sur­vey amongst full ser­vice uni­ver­si­ties. Accord­ing to the Sun­day Times, a sub­ject taught at Exeter won the acco­lade for the most sat­is­fied stu­dents in the UK for two years run­ning - Sports Sci­ence in 2007 and Finance and Account­ing in 2008.

The Cen­tre for Mar­itime His­tor­i­cal Stud­ies was formed in 1991 as a result of the per­ceived need to pro­mote a wider under­stand­ing of the sig­nif­i­cance of mar­itime his­tory within the world of his­tor­i­cal schol­ar­ship. Tak­ing on the theme that the seas con­nect rather than divide mankind, the Cen­ter and its mem­bers set out to explore the nature of these con­nec­tions and how this impacted on all aspects of the econ­omy and soci­ety, and, through the emer­gence of navies to con­test and con­trol these con­nec­tions, had a major impact on the devel­op­ment and poli­cies of governments.

Academic Programs

Mas­ters Programs

  • MA in Naval His­tory: As the only MA in Naval His­tory at a British uni­ver­sity, this pro­gram offers a unique oppor­tu­nity to stu­dents inter­ested in naval his­tory and look­ing to develop their skills and their knowl­edge of this area to a higher level. The aim of the pro­gram is to set British naval power in the wider con­text of world naval devel­op­ment, show­ing the prob­lems and solu­tions over time to oper­at­ing navies – tra­di­tion­ally the most tech­no­log­i­cally sophis­ti­cated, wide-​ranging and pow­er­ful instru­ments of war – in order to explain why Britain has been so suc­cess­ful and how this has impacted on British history.
  • MA in Mar­itime His­tory: This pro­gram is built upon a long tra­di­tion of teach­ing mar­itime his­tory at Exeter where it was the first Mar­itime His­tory MA to be taught at a British Uni­ver­sity. anging from the local to the inter­na­tional level, this pro­gram stud­ies the tech­no­log­i­cal and com­mer­cial devel­op­ments that made this pos­si­ble, from which stu­dents can develop their own inter­ests into a dissertation.
  • Mas­ters Entry Require­ments: As a gen­eral rule, you will be required to have, or expect to obtain, a min­i­mum Sec­ond Class Hon­ours degree, or inter­na­tional equiv­a­lent. Plus Eng­lish lan­guage requirements.

PhD Pro­grams

  • PhD Study Oppor­tu­ni­ties: The Cen­ter is super­vis­ing PhD stu­dents in a range of dif­fer­ent top­ics, and are will­ing to pro­vide super­vi­sion in the fol­low­ing areas of research: All aspects of British mar­itime his­tory from the Mid­dle Ages to today; Busi­ness his­tory and mar­itime trade; Port cities and com­mu­ni­ties; Mariners’ wel­fare and edu­ca­tion; Naval his­tory from the Mid­dle Ages to the present day, in par­tic­u­lar, the con­nec­tions between naval, polit­i­cal, social, eco­nomic and other his­to­ries; Relief out­side the Chapel of John Green­way; mer­chant and ship owner, c.1517. St. Peter’s Church, Tiver­ton, Devon; Naval lead­er­ship from the late-​seventeenth cen­tury to the mid-​twentieth cen­tury; British naval admin­is­tra­tion and logis­tics; Mediter­ranean mar­itime his­tory from the mid­dle ages to the eigh­teenth cen­tury; and African mar­itime his­tory and African port cities.
  • PhD Entry Require­ments: Entry require­ments for research degrees vary and also depend on the qual­ity of your research pro­posal and whether suit­able super­vi­sion is avail­able. Nor­mally stu­dents will have a good under­grad­u­ate Hon­ours degree (UK Upper Sec­ond Class Hon­ours or equiv­a­lent) and in some cases, a Mas­ters degree. If you are seek­ing fund­ing through one of the Research Coun­cils (UK/​EU stu­dents only), you will need to hold a min­i­mum Upper Sec­ond Class Hon­ours degree, although often these awards are won by those with First Class Hon­ours due to high lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion. Inter­na­tional stu­dents will also need to sat­isfy our Eng­lish lan­guage entry requirements.

EXETER Scholarships

  • Anning Mor­gan Bursary
  • Corn­wall Her­itage Trust Scholarship
  • Merit Schol­ar­ships
  • Char­i­ta­ble trusts
  • Pro­gres­sion Scholarships
  • The Philip Nicholas Bursary
  • The South West Mar­itime His­tory Soci­ety bursaries
  • Finan­cial Sup­port for Mem­bers of the Armed Forces
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