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 a related subject, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

We are among the upper ranks of History departments in the UK in terms of the quality and intensity of our research. Research is integral to all our activity. All members of staff are research active and research and publish at the highest level. Staff in the department research political, economic, social, cultural, religious, medical, environmental, maritime, naval, military and diplomatic history. We range in time from the early medieval period to the late 20th century. We have particular strengths in the history of Britain and continental Europe, but also focus on the history of the United States, Africa, and India. A number of research centres are linked with the work of the Department and organise seminar series with regular meetings through the academic year which are an important meeting place for postgraduate students to hear, discuss and present research.

We offer supervision across a wide range of research interests at both our Streatham Campus in Exeter, and Penryn Campus near Falmouth.

Department specialisms

Early Modern; Imperial and Global; Maritime; Medicine and Science; Medieval; Modern Politics and Policy; War, State and Society; Cornish Studies

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-84 months
full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months


part time
48-60 months
distance learning
24-60 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 725306