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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

  • LLM Maritime Law: The LLM in Maritime Law is designed specifically for students who wish to study shipping and international trade law in detail. The modules are particularly suited to students who intend to pursue careers in chartering, trade and marine insurance (including Protection and Indemnity Clubs).
  • MA History - Maritime History: Maritime History offers a multidisciplinary approach to maritime history, by examining the technology, economics, human aspects, international relations, and geographical dimensions of British shipping from the 16th to the 20th century.

Research Programs

  • MPhil/PhD Maritime Historical Studies: Following areas of research are available: 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; naval leadership from the late 17th century to the mid 20th century; British naval administration and logistics; Mediterranean maritime history from the Middle Ages to the 18th century; and, African maritime history and port cities.

Exeter Admissions

  • LLM Entry Requirements: A good second class honours degree in Law & a sound understanding of the basic principles of public & private law. Will consider students with other qualifications or degrees eg. Social Sciences, Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies, if qualifications include a substantial legal element or if you can demonstrate substantial relevant legal experience. Non-law students will be required to take a 15-credit law introductory module.
  • MA History Entry Requirements: Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in History or a related discipline such as (Archaeology, Ancient History, Classics, Modern History, Medieval Studies or Latin), with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Students with combined honours degrees must have studied at least 1/3 of their degree in History-related modules or have some background in Medieval Studies, Classics and Ancient History or Latin. Exceptions may be made for students with relevant experience or qualifications depending on the submission of written work and/or interview.
  • Mphil/PhD Entry Requirements: Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Exeter Scholarships

  • Eileen Drummond and Sheila Anderson Fund (EDSA)
  • Mohamedali Karimjee Trust
  • Sasakawa Japanese Studies Studentship
  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Alumni Foundation
  • American Alumni Scholarships
  • Anglo-Danish Society
  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • Arts Faculty Masters Scholarship
  • Arts Faculty Research Scholarship
  • Becas Chile (Conicyt)
  • Plus more..

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