Postgraduate research in History

History at the University of Exeter brings together a lively and dynamic group that boasts some of the leading academic historians in the country. Our staff provide postgraduates with a considerable breadth of experience and research expertise across the full range of the discipline, from post-Roman Europe to the contemporary world, covering both European and extra-European history.

We are among the upper ranks of History departments in the UK in terms of the quality and intensity of our research. Research is integral to all our activity. All members of staff are research active and research and publish at the highest level. Staff in the department research political, economic, social, cultural, religious, medical, environmental, maritime, naval, military and diplomatic history. We range in time from the early medieval period to the late 20th century. We have particular strengths in the history of Britain and continental Europe, but also focus on the history of the United States, Africa, and India. A number of research centres are linked with the work of the Department and organise seminar series with regular meetings through the academic year which are an important meeting place for postgraduate students to hear, discuss and present research.

We are among the upper ranks of History departments in the UK in terms of the quality and intensity of our research. Research is integral to all our activity. All members of staff are research active and research and publish at the highest level. Staff in the department research political, economic, social, cultural, religious, medical, environmental, maritime, naval, military and diplomatic history. We range in time from the early medieval period to the late 20th century. We have particular strengths in the history of Britain and continental Europe, but also focus on the history of the United States, Africa, and India. A number of research centres are linked with the work of the Department and organise seminar series with regular meetings through the academic year which are an important meeting place for postgraduate students to hear, discuss and present research.

Explore our research centres and research projects to find out more about our current research topics.

Visit our History staff profiles pages for details on individual staff research interests and publications.

Our current PGRs

In History at Exeter we're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 80 PhD students in the Department, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.

Student Research title Lead supervisor
Asma Alshaiban The depiction of women in the historical work of Ibn Wasil Professor Simon Barton
Desmond Atkinson Education, Public Service and Reform: John Morton and the Making of a New Monarchy in Fifteenth-Century England Professor James Clark
Andrew Binding Living at Home: People, Spaces, and the Changing Domestic Environment in the Early Modern South West England. Professor Jane Whittle
Emily Bridger South Africa's Female Comrades: Gender, Identity and Student Resistance to Apartheid in Soweto, 1984-1990 Dr Stacey Hynd
Anna Calori The cancellation of the working class: an analysis of privatisation in the former Yugoslavia from a bottom-up perspective Professor James Mark
Thomas Chadwick Men of 'high emotion'? emotion in Anglo-Norman society of the Eleventh and Twelfth centuries Professor Sarah Hamilton
Hannah Charnock Adolescent sexuality in Britain, c. 1960-1980. Professor Kate Fisher
Philip Child The Heights of Modernity: Affluence, the Labour Party and the Modern Home 1945-1970. Professor Andrew Thorpe
Rachel Chin Anglo-French Relations and Mers El-Kebir: Rhetorical Justification and Imperial Associations. Professor Martin Thomas
Hannah Clark From Melton Mowbray to Middleburg: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues in Fashionable Foxhunting, 1870-1930 Professor Henry French
Rowena Cockett The experience, value, and expression of emotions in thirteenth-century Iberia Professor Simon Barton
Richard Cooke Professor Jane Whittle
Frederick Cooper A panacea for psychological ill-health? The identification and management of work-life conflict after World War Two Professor Mark Jackson
Jessica Desmond A Hidden World: The Presence of the Medieval Calendar in English Misericord Iconography. Professor James Clark
Gijs Drejier Maritime average and normative practice in the Southern Low Countries (Fifteenth-Sixteenth Centuries) Professor Maria Fusaro
Imogene Dudley Women's Work Early Modern England, 1500-1700 Professor Jane Whittle
Jake Dyble Transferring Costs in the Maritime Economy: Maritime Averages in Livorno (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) Professor Maria Fusaro
Andrew English The Laird Rams: Warships in Transition Professor Jeremy Black
Rhoda Evans Professor Martin Thomas
Natasha Feiner Lifestyle, health and disease: changing concepts of balance in modern medicine Professor Mark Jackson
Thomas Fidler Cornwall's Border – Celtic Frontier or Anglicised Territory? Dr Garry Tregidga
Lorena Fierro Diaz A Comparative Study of Queenship and Aristocratic Women’s Networks of Power in Twelfth-Century Iberia Professor Simon Barton
Tomas Foster Generational Defiance to the Kemalist Establishment from the Left, Marxist Youths in Turkey between 1960 and 1980 Professor James Mark
Paul Freer Assess the contribution made by the development of target marking techniques to the prosecution of the bomber offensive during WW2. Professor Richard Overy
Helen Frost The Representation of the Strategic Bombing Campaign against Germany in the Allied (both national and international) Media and the Interpretation and Reception of that Representation by the General Public, 1939-1945. Professor Richard Overy
Tank Green From British Subject to Colonial Immigrant: A Study of Transposed Identities, 1939 to 1981 Professor Andrew Thompson
Austen Hamilton Speculative House Builders as Entrepreneurs in Georgian London Professor Henry French
Frankie Harding The British Black Power Movement 1967-1974, an Oral and Documented History. Professor Andrew Thorpe
Marion Hardy People on the move in Devon, c.1572/1598 to c.1800 Professor Jane Whittle
Richard Harris Civil Society in Cornwall. Dr Garry Tregidga
Matthew Heaslip The impact of financial cutbacks and restrictions upon the ability of the Royal Navy to realign itself, during the 1920's, to meet the challenges of the early Interwar period. Dr Tehyun Ma
Richard Hill The development and use of aircraft and armoured vehicles during the First World War Professor Richard Toye
Max Hodgson
Benjamin Holmes The efforts of British charities to relieve German civilians, from the start of the war in 1914, to post-war releif work carried on into the mid-1920s. Dr Catriona Pennell
Derek Janes The business of smuggling in SE Scotland c.1740-1796. Professor Henry French
Reiko Kanazawa Professor Mark Jackson
Nicos Kefalas Superfoods, supplements and masculinity 1950s-present Professor Mark Jackson
Ryan Kemp
Rhian Keyse Forced and Early Marriage in British Colonial Africa, 1925-62. Dr Stacey Hynd
Betsy Lewisholmes Health, Fitness and Exercise for Girls in late Victorian England Dr Sarah Toulalan
Dianne Elizabeth Long Designed Landscapes of Industrialists 1700 – c.1820 Professor Henry French
Jasmine Losasso
Stephen Lynam Centre-Right Politics in the Spanish Province of Valencia 1931-1936. Dr Tim Rees
Simon Magus Esoteric Thought in the Life and Work of H. Rider Haggard. Dr Paul Young
Henry Marsh The examination of the representation and narration of ritual and ceremony within several chronicles of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century Professor James Clark
Clare Maudling Utopian Dreams or Peacetime Pragmatism? The successes and constraints of post-war reconstruction in the South West Professor Richard Overy
Lilian McNaught The 1816 Barbados Slave Revolt Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt
Stuart Mole The Commonwealth & Apartheid Professor Andrew Thompson
Angela Muir Unwanted pregnancies in Early Modern England and Wales: Illegitimacy, courtship, infanticide and contraception. Dr Sarah Toulalan
Robert Nantes Bankruptcy in eighteenth century England: A social account. Professor Henry French
Elizabeth Neale
Amanda Phipps The use of Theatre in Teaching the First World War Dr Catriona Pennell
Lyndy (Carolyn) Pooley The role of youth voluntary action in 1960s Britain: assumptions of community in a restless decade Professor Mark Jackson
Elizabeth Raikes Battleground to Playground: The British in Corsica 1794-1939. Professor Andrew Thompson
Joshua Rhodes Subtenancy in early modern England Professor Henry French
Amy Ridgway Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834 Professor Jane Whittle
Geoffrey Skinner The Relationship Divided. Identity, Personality and Realism in the development of Anglo-American Nuclear Strategy, 1947 to 1958 Professor Richard Toye
Guy Solomon The Living Standards of Tyneside Miners during the British Industrial Revolution Professor Mark Overton
Catherine Talbot Trans-Atlantic Consumerism in the 18th Century: A comparative Study of the Material Culture of Ordinary People in Britain and her American Colonies. Professor Jane Whittle
Joanna Thomas Britain’s seafaring men and women: an analysis of the maritime labour force 1850 – 1911 Professor Maria Fusaro
Teresa Tinsley Hernando de Baeza. Professor Simon Barton
Balint Tolmar The “Adria”-Project: East-South Relations and the European Socialist Countries' Quest for Energy Security in the Post-Oil Shock Era Professor James Mark
James Villalard Dgieu Sauve Le Roé, Nouot' Duc!”: A Re-assessment of the strategic position and tactical role of the Channel Islands during the Great French War (1792-1815). Professor Jeremy Black
Michelle Webb 'As fowle a ladie as the smale pox could make her': facial disfigurement in sixteenth and seventeenth century England Dr Sarah Toulalan
Paul Williams The Trading Community of Exeter 1470-1570 Professor Jane Whittle
Teresa Witcombe The intellectual life of Mauricius Hispanus (1209-1238) Professor Simon Barton
Lewis Wade Maritime Trade and State Regulation: Maritime Averages in France during the Seventeenth Century Professor Maria Fusaro
Fahriye Yildizeli 'W.E.Gladstone and British Policy towards the Ottoman Empire' Professor Richard Toye
Tomasz Zawadzki Interdisciplinary history of sexual science in Poland. Professor Kate Fisher and Dr Jana Funke

Supervisors - all students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research.

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.

Mentor - each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.

Graduate School Office - the College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.

Funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in History:*

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
Bolashak Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver and living expenses Fri 31st Aug 2018 Offered to Kazakh students by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education across a range of subject areas for both postgraduate Taught and Research programmes. Award is conferred as monthly stipend in addition to the fee waiver.
University of Exeter Progression to Postgraduate Research Programmes £750 to £1,000 There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount is available to University of Exeter students progressing directly from an undergraduate degree to a limited number of MbyRes, MPhil and PhD programmes in September 2018. This award is available for selected programmes only, please see the main advertisement for details.
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Varies Mon 1st Oct 2018 Fulbright US Student Postgraduate Student Awards can be applied to any master's or doctoral degree at any recognised UK university, as well as for independent research projects.
Marshall Scholarships for graduate study Varies Mon 1st Oct 2018 Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
Global Education Program Scholarship Fully funded Deadline passed
(Sun 5th Nov 2017)
The Global Education Program (GEP) scholarship is provided by the Russian Government and covers Masters and PhD studies in science, engineering, medicine, education and management in social sphere.
Thomas Hardy, Dorset and the Wider World - Humanities, PhD (SWW DTP Collaborative Awards) Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,400 per annum. A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum. Deadline passed
(Thu 14th Dec 2017)
SWW DTP studentships are for three years as standard (or part-time equivalent). A full-time studentship award comprises: Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,195 per annum (or part-time equivalent) A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum (or part-time equivalent)
BECAR (Argentina) Fully funded Deadline passed
(Thu 11th Jan 2018)
Postgraduate scholarships offered jointly by Bec.Ar/Universities UK, available for students of Argentinean nationality with a first degree of minimum 4 years. Priority areas are Science, Technology and Innovation. The recipient will be expected to return to Argentina on completion of their studies.
COLFUTURO Scholarships Loan Programme £20,000 Deadline passed
(Wed 28th Feb 2018)
COLFUTURO offers scholarship-loans to provide financial support to Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study Masters or Doctoral programs abroad.
Sports Scholarship and High Performance Programme up to £3000 plus additional support services & coaching Deadline passed
(Sat 31st Mar 2018)
Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport. We also encourage applications from students who have achieved at national or regional level for consideration onto our High Performance Programme.
Managing archaeological loss in the face of coastal change, Geography – MPhil/PhD (Funded) £15,327 for 3 years Deadline passed
(Fri 13th Apr 2018)
The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Historic England, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
Becas Chile (Conicyt) Fully funded Deadline passed
(Thu 10th May 2018)
Scholarships offered for studies in the UK, available for Chilean nationals (and others with permanent residence in Chile) in all areas except Management/MBA/Commercial Law and where the recipient will be expected to return to Chile on completion of their studies.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(Tue 15th May 2018)
The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
Tewkesbury Abbey: an interdisciplinary study of the church and its material culture from its medieval origins to the modern era. For eligible UK/EU students, this full time scholarship will cover fees and an annual stipend of at £14,777 for up to three years. Deadline passed
(Sun 24th Jun 2018)
The University of Exeter and the Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey are working in partnership to produce a new account of the historical development of the abbey church of Tewkesbury and its landscape. The focus of this partnership is a collaborative PhD project which will be supported by a 3-year studentship funded at UKRI rates (i. e. covering full UK/EU level tuition fees (currently £4,400) and a maintenance award of £14,777 per year).
Anning Morgan Bursary £2,000 Deadline passed
(Wed 15th Aug 2018)
Available to any person resident in Cornwall and studying at the Penryn Campus during their graduate year. Students must be in receipt of an offer for 2018 entry in order to be considered.
*Please note that if you have submitted an application to one of our MPhil/PhD programmes you will not automatically be considered for funding. You must submit a separate funding application, including all required supporting documents, via the link provided in each award to be considered for that award.

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