- Training in social science research techniques to enable you to undertake cutting-edge research
- Gain core academic, personal and key skills that are both relevant and transferable to employment
- Draw on the expertise of highly respected research centres at the forefront of their respective disciplines
- Take part in joint seminar programmes offering insights into a very wide range of research cultures and specialisms
- Excellent preparation for students intending to continue on to doctoral research
8th in the UK for world-leading research
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Top 50 in World
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Approximately 50 staff over two campuses
Normally a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline.
The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
- May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
- Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
- Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
- Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research
UK fees per year:
£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time
International fees per year:
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
Learning and teaching
Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.
Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation of up to 25,000 words.
Our research centres regularly hold seminars and other research events which Masters students are welcome to attend. Visit our research centres web page to find out more.
Students have access to excellent historical resources. The University Library is especially strong in the fields of national and local English history. It also possesses the extensive archive of the Nazi Party Chancellery on microfiche, as well as archives of the Comintern and both archival and printed collections for British history on microfilm. Resources in the South West such as the Cathedral Archives dating back to Saxon times, and major library and archive collections in London are within easy reach. All postgraduates are entitled to a free place at the Institute of Historical Research in London.
The Centre for Maritime Historical Studies also has a small specialist library, and students taking modules in maritime or naval history can benefit from access to the full collection of publications of the Navy Records Society and of the Hakluyt Society, and to an ever growing number of electronic resources dedicated to Maritime and Naval History.
You will also have access to use the new £1.2 million Digital Humanities Lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab will allow you to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage, examine in greater detail and share discoveries with the public. For more information view our Digital Humanities Lab page.
A degree in Economic and Social History, will provide you with a wide range of skills which will be useful in your future study or employment. Our students develop skills in researching, analysing and assessing sources, particularly quantitative analysis, written and verbal communication, managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. Some of our graduates choose to follow their interest in their degree studies with further study. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter a wide variety of careers.
Some destinations of graduates from History programmes are:
- Assistant Archivist
- Assistant Visitor Services Manager
- Associate Research Fellow
- Foreign Expert
- HR Coordinator
- Marketing & PR Executive
- Media Planner
- Ministry Assistant
- National Trust Volunteer Internship
- Personal Assistant
- PhD Study in History
- PR Intern
- Recruitment Consultant
- Relay Worker
- Research Fellow
- Sabbatical Officer
- Speech Assisted Pre-Recorded Subtitler
- Strategic Analyst
- Trainee Trust and Estates Practitioner
- Trust Administrator
While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.
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We have around 20,000 students across our three campuses in Devon and Cornwall which means we offer the academic excellence and facilities you'd expect of a major university but also a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.