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Research Excellence Framework 2014
Top 50 in the world
QS World University Subject Rankings 2020
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Degrees in Exeter
Degrees in Cornwall
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.
Studying History MA
Studying History MA
"Having completed my undergraduate degree here, I already knew how fantastic the history department was and it was the obvious choice for my postgraduate studies. Having an interest in medical history, I was particularly inspired by that pathway option and the new and exciting modules focusing on public history and digital humanities. What I have enjoyed most about my MA has been the opportunity to really tailor my assessments and research to my own areas of interest and the support in doing this."
"The course definitely has a large focus on getting you career ready and provides you with ample opportunity to pursue higher studies as well. The numerous fieldtrips are one of the ways in which we get to learn the industry practice by interacting with practitioners and property managers.
I am currently on a work placement, working for the Carclew Estate, Truro. The main description of my role is to help the clients in understanding the heritage stock they have on the site and look for options on the conservation and maintenance of the property and the ruins located on the site. This role requires me to use my skills as a conservation architect and heritage manager to envision a sustainable future for the site."