• Top 100 worldwide for History in the QS World University Rankings 2018
  • Ranked in the top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Complete University Guide 2020
  • 8th in the UK for world-leading research
  • £8.8 million external research funding awarded over the past 4 years

History at the University of Exeter brings together a lively and dynamic group that boasts some of the leading academic historians in the country. Our staff provide postgraduates with a considerable breadth of experience and research expertise across the full range of the discipline, from post-Roman Europe to the contemporary world, covering both European and extra-European history. We began offering History at our £100 million Penryn Campus in Cornwall in 2007 where research both complements that undertaken at the Streatham Campus and opens new opportunities, particularly for interdisciplinary work. The staff, selected from one of the most competitive fields that Exeter has ever experienced, are active researchers and include leaders in their fields.

Professor Richard Toye, Head of History

With almost 50 staff on two campuses, Streatham and Penryn, History at Exeter is one of the largest departments in the discipline within the UK. History at the University of Exeter offers a tremendous range of subjects, stretching from early Medieval England, through histories of religion, class, power, race, war and empire, into the late twentieth century. Our varied research culture will allow you to study everything from the Crusades to Nazi Germany, or witchcraft to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Our programmes offer an exciting mix of subjects, approaches, time periods, and you will gain from the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment of my colleagues. By experiencing new types of history, new ways of historical thinking, you will develop new perspectives both on the past and the present by the end of your time at Exeter.

With us you will work with active researchers and we also encourage students to find out more about ongoing research, particularly through History's research seminar series.  In addition to the departmental research seminar series, the Centres for Global and Imperial History, Medieval Studies, Medical History, Early Modern Studies and War, State and Society, each have their own vibrant research seminars during term-time.  These provide opportunities to hear about the latest research undertaken by subject specialists in a range of disciplines at Exeter and elsewhere, and they contribute to a lively research culture.

Professor Richard Toye, Head of History