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History in Exeter
Dr Nicholas Terry
Congratulations on receiving an offer of a place, and welcome to the Department of History at Exeter. Whether you’ve chosen a combined-honours or a single-honours programme, the YourExeter Portal will give you an inside look from staff and current students about studying history at Exeter. We offer high quality, modern and innovative programmes drawing on research-led teaching – here you can find out more about why Exeter is the right place for you, what it’s like to study here, and about our offer holder visitor days.
History Subject Chair
Congratulations, History offer-holders, and welcome! Here in the History department, we pride ourselves on being engaged, proactive and highly skilled individuals. I can’t wait for you to begin your academic career with us. Whether it is the Crusades or the Apartheid, we have subjects and areas of study for everyone, and we work closely with the staff to tailor the student experience, to make it the best it can be. Our academics base their teaching on their research and we are lucky to have leading figures in the historical community.
I absolutely love the course here, the department provides a huge range of module choice and I have been able to study all my interests over the course of 3 years. My tutors have also always been so helpful and passionate about their subjects. Exeter city and campus are close together making it easy to walk everywhere and are both so beautiful and full of nature, I see squirrels and rabbits on almost every walk to lectures! I will be very sad to leave Exeter but am hoping to take up a graduate job in the charity sector.
I certainly feel I’ve made a good choice! I’ve found the best aspects of studying history at Exeter to be the diverse range of topics on offer. The opportunity to study so widely, and be taught be experts in their historical field, has been fantastic! The University campus is also a lovely place; it has community feeling, and is so green! Exeter itself is an interesting, vibrant city. Being situated near the coast and the beautiful countryside is another bonus too. After my degree, I’m interested in going into teaching.
Robyn Marion McConville
BA History and Modern Languages (Spanish)
I’ve loved the variety of modules that the history department offer ranging from African marriage and witchcraft to my dissertation on the Basque refugees’ arrival in Southampton. Beyond my studies, I’ve fallen in love with Exeter as a university and a city! Exeter has the most beautiful campus alongside an incredible student community that made me feel at home from day one. Exeter is small enough to find everything yet big enough to offer shopping, nightlife and activities. My next step is an LDP with TeachFirst teaching Spanish.
The thing I enjoy the most about my degree is the ability to, through interesting and intriguing topics, develop key academic skills in a variety of forms, including essay writing, source evaluations, historiography, presentations etc. I love the combination of stimulating academic challenges with a large amount of exciting extra-curricular activities to get involved in – including an impressive array of speakers from prestigious organisations, giving a wholly rounded university experience. Find out about Barnabas's typical week.
BA History and Modern Languages (German)
Monday: With an eye on graduation I thought I would book a few Career Zone classes this week. 10:00 – 12:00 “Leadership Skills” class, Packed Lunch on Campus, 13:30 “Think about project planning” cancelled, so went home, 10km run. Sorted out budget and finances. Worked some on dissertation in the evening + watched Peaky Blinders.
BA History with Study Abroad
Monday: Early start to the week for my Uses of the Past lecture. Then straight to the library for a group meeting. Worked on our poster on the Yasukuni war shrine in Japan; looked at the poster design and the content we wanted to include. Went home had a cup of tea and went for a run. Went to work in the evening- calling Alumni to raise money for Exeter’s annual fund.
When I first considered applying for University, my main desire was to study something I enjoyed and in History, I found that. My delight at studying the past has only been nurtured here at the University of Exeter. The first year modules in particular were a step up, but they truly invigorated my passion for history. Throughout my degree and culminating in third year, I have been able to study topics I find both interesting and stimulating. From studying Mughal Indian History to creating a project around the Dukes of Hazzard and the Confederate Flag, I have been able to tailor my degree. Find out about Thomas's typical week.