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Maritime Historical Studies Research Programs in Exeter (Devon) and Penryn (Cornwall) Campuses, UK

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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.

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Academic Programs




Research Programs

  • MPhil/PhD Maritime Historical Studies: The Centre for Maritime Historical Studies seeks to promote research into economic, social, political, naval and environmental aspects of the British maritime past from the earliest times to the present day. This is the oldest established centre for this specialism in a British university. Staff from the Centre are 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.
    • 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.
    • African maritime history and African port cities.

Exeter Admissions

  • 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..