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8th in the UK for world-leading research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 50 in the world

QS World University Subject Rankings 2020

Top 10 in UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021

Approximately 50 staff over two campuses

History at the University of Exeter

A snapshot into studying History at the University of Exeter

As one of the largest History departments in the UK, we offer a depth and breadth of subject expertise rarely matched by other institutions with excellent access to top academics in specialist fields.

Within the department we have experts in Early Modern Studies (1500-1800), Medieval Studies, Medical History, Maritime Historical Studies, Imperial and Global History, and Violence and Conflict. These link to our six dedicated research centres and allow you to choose a specific pathway in one of these areas or you can take a selection of modules from across the board. Public History and Heritage are also great strengths of our department.

The university Library has extensive holdings, audio-visual collections and manuscripts in our Special Collections, and the city itself offers many opportunities with both Exeter Cathedral Library Archives and the Devon Heritage Centre containing further significant manuscripts, documents and early printed books.