Our extensive research expertise covers a wide range of time periods, themes and geographical areas.

Research in History

The University of Exeter is home to world-class historians with a wide range of research interests. Our research groups listed below combine staff and postgraduate students from both campuses and include researchers specialising in political, religious, cultural, social and economic history:

More information on our research specialisms can be found in our research supervision webpages and individual staff profiles.

Historyis an integral part of the University of Exeter's Humanities and Social Science (HASS) strategy with our staff involved in all six of the key themes: Medical Humanities, Identities and Beliefs, Science, Technology and Culture, Environment and SustainabilityGlobal Uncertainties and Societal and Lifestyle Shifts.

Research centres

A range of research centresmany of which are interdisciplinary, highlight the specialist strengths of Exeter historians. Each centre organises a research seminar/workshop series involving internal and external speakers and regular conferences.

PhD study

The history department hosts a lively community of postgraduate students. Since 2000 the number of full-time students carrying out PhD study within the Department has increased significantly. We have quadrupled the number of externally awarded studentships, and institutionally-provided bursaries have increased six-fold. The University has invested in enhancing its dedicated study space, IT and other facilities for research students. We offer a strong programme of postgraduate training and a system of supervisory teams that ensures effective supervision.