Research course

Maritime Historical Studies

University of Exeter · History

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject. Please see the website for full details.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Centre for Maritime Historical Studies was the first of its kind in a British university and 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, drawing also on European and international experience.

Research students can draw on excellent resources including the Exeter Local Maritime Archives Project database.

The Centre holds termly research seminars (in conjunction with the Society for Nautical Research), an annual international Maritime History Conference and a twice-yearly Strategic Policy Studies Group symposium (with associated publication).

Department specialisms

Staff from the Centre supervise PhD students across a range of topics including: 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; African maritime history and port cities.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website for details
International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306