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Top 100 in the world for History

QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

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6th in UK for world-leading research

Based on our GPA in REF 2021

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Top 10 in the UK for History

The Complete University Guide 2024

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Approximately 50 staff over two campuses

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.