History (Penryn)

  • Top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Complete University Guide 2020
  • Top 100 worldwide for History in the QS World University Rankings 2018
  • 8th in the UK for world-leading research
  • Innovative degrees at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall
  • Wide breadth of academic expertise in diverse historical periods and geographical regions
  • Expertise in Digital History

The educational experience in Cornwall, with its intimate teaching style and close contact with academics, is incredibly well-suited to studying history. We are a modern department, with particular expertise in Cornish history, culture, memory and heritage, oral history, party politics, environmentalism and environmental politics, modern conflict, imperialism and 19th-20th century North American History.

A key characteristic of History at Penryn is the emphasis on public history. We encourage you to critically reflect on the purposes – both intended and unintended – of history and engage with the broad range of ways in which the public interact with the subject, e.g. through film, museums, literature, and politics.

History research at the Penryn Campus is innovative and inspires our undergraduate teaching; our dynamic and supportive department focuses on using history to understand the challenges posed by globalisation, conflict, colonialism, scientific and environmental change.

As our teaching is inspired by our research, you’ll benefit from direct access to the latest thinking, and our unique scale means you’ll have lots of contact with your lecturers. Teaching comprises interactive lectures, small group seminars, workshops and field trips, backed up by a wealth of digital resources and online support. We use a range of assessment types, including essays, exams, presentations, reviews and more experimental work, in order to develop both academic writing and analysis as well as employability-focused transferable skills.

Academics at the Penryn Campus have a wide range of research interests with specialisms dating from the Early Modern period down to the present. Subjects currently being investigated include environmental history in a global and micro context, slavery in the past and present and Historical Culture in Britain and overseas. We are firmly committed to research and publication of the highest quality and this has a direct impact on the quality of our undergraduate teaching. There is a particular focus in this regard to Public History and Heritage with a number of research seminars open to the public and opportunities for research placements and student internships with heritage organisations throughout the region. Penryn is also the home of the Institute of Cornish Studies, which is a focus for interdisciplinary research activity in Cornwall and its global Diaspora.

The History society is a group by and for all students interested in History at the Penryn Campus. It is a way to explore your interests and make new friends.

Find out more about the History Society.

Open Days, campus tours and virtual tours

If you are interested in studying Politics and International Relations at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, we would encourage you to visit the campus and offer a number of ways in which you can do this.

You can check the accessibility of our buildings on the DisabledGo website.

Open Days

Our Open Days are a great way to find out more about the University and decide whether Exeter is the right choice for you. To find out more about our next events visit our Open Days page

Offer Holder Visit Days

If you’ve already applied to Exeter and you are offered a place, you’ll be invited to an Offer Holder Visit Day during the spring term. Offer holders can book a place on one of our Offer Holder Visit Days online using your UCAS id number and date of birth.

Campus tours

Campus tours run regularly during term-time, with a limited number available outside of these dates. To find out more visit our campus tours page.

Virtual tours

You can also view the campus via our virtual tours.

Contact us

For more information about the opportunities to visit the University please contact the Student Recruitment Office.

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801
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