Research in History
The University of Exeter is home to many world-class historians with a wide range of research interests.
The international and interdisciplinary research interests of academic staff at our Cornwall Campus mesh well with those of staff based at Streatham Campus, Exeter (e.g. socio-economic, environmental, oral history) and they also have their own distinct themes (migration, place, ethnicity). More information about our research strengths can be found in our research supervision web pages and individual staff profiles.
Research Assessment Exercise
The world-leading nature of our research was reflected in our successful performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008). Almost all staff were returned and 60% of work submitted achieved the highest grades of 3* or 4* denoting internationally recognised and world-leading research.
Collaboration in research centres is central to the Department’s research success. They enable Exeter historians to increase the scale and scope of their research activity through collaboration, critical review, and scholarly dissemination. Each centre organises a research seminar/workshop series involving internal and external speakers and regular conferences.
Exeter historians excel at research supervision and are eager to recruit more high-calibre students. Since 2000 the number of full-time students carrying out PhD study within the Department has increased dramatically, as have the number of doctoral awards per annum. We have quadrupled the number of externally awarded studentships, and institutionally-provided bursaries have increased six-fold. We have invested heavily in dedicated study space, IT and other facilities for research students. We offer a coherent and robust programme of postgraduate training and a system of supervisory teams ensures effective supervision.