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.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Centre for Medical History is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is dedicated to advancing methods and areas of research within the history of medicine and forging links with medical and health care professionals in the region. Staff can offer PhD supervision across a wide range of areas including English medical history 1500-1800; history of the environment and medicine in the modern period; history of occupational health and industrial diseases; history of psychiatry and stress; and history of gender and the family.

We aim to ensure that each student receives an effective and appropriate level of support, through both tailored research training and regular research supervision.

Department specialisms

The Department can offer PhD supervision across a range of areas including; English medical history 1500-1800; History of the environment and medicine in the modern period; History of occupational health and industrial diseases; History of psychiatry and stress; and History of gender and the family.

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.

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.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme.

Also, learn more by visiting the international page.

Fees and funding

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

The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit the funding page for further details.

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306