What is maritime history and why does it matter? Study for our MA Maritime History at the University of Plymouth and you will have the opportunity to grapple with these and other key debates in history. Plymouth’s long and storied relationship with the sea makes it the perfect location to explore five centuries of maritime history from the Spanish Armada of 1588 through to questions around the continued importance of sea power and navies in the modern world.

Key features

  • Study Maritime History in Britain’s Ocean City and explore more than five centuries of fascinating maritime history.
  • Work with world leading experts in maritime history from 1500 to the present day to develop your interests and research.
  • Be part of a community of maritime historians who are shaping the future of the field with cutting edge research and publications.
  • Develop your analytical skills with our exciting range of maritime and naval history modules.
  • Showcase your research skills with a dissertation on a maritime history topic of your choice.
  • Make the most of our excellent maritime history resources and partners in the University Library, The Box and wider city of Plymouth and region.
  • Work with local and national maritime organisations; enjoy a wide range of field trips to sites of interest.
  • Our MA is designed for a range of applicants including recent graduates and those with a broad interest in maritime history.

Study Details:

MA 1 year Full-time, Part-time route available

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Key Debates and Research Methods in History (MAHI700)
  • MA History Dissertation (MAHI702)
  • All at Sea: Research Skills for Maritime History (MAHI730)

Optional modules

  • Piracy and Privateering, 1560-1816 (MAHI704)
  • Independent Research Project in History (MAHI718)
  • Anglo-American Relations in Maritime Perspective (MAHI727)
  • Maritime Explorations and Encounters (MAHI728)
  • Sea Power in History (MAHI729)
  • Remembering the Past, Talking History: Oral History & Memory Studies (MAHI738)

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

Student Destinations

Graduate destinations for our recent MA students include funded PhDs, PGCE teacher training, NHS graduate management training, public sector heritage business management, and account executive with an image library. Postgraduate study opens up many other careers in museums, heritage, archives and records.


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Entry Requirements

An honours degree in history or a related subject, or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a degree.

Graduates from other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis. References from previous university, employer or similar.

Accreditation of Prior Learning will be considered, where appropriate, on a case-by-case basis and in line with the University’s Academic Regulations.

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