Masters Prizes

The Maritime Information Association (MIA) Masters Prize is awarded for outstanding dissertations: subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline. Your dissertation must have been assessed as part of a Masters degree awarded during the previous academic year (e.g. to be eligible for the 2016 prize, your Masters degree must have been awarded during 2015-16). Dissertations awarded distinction marks of 70+ are eligible for consideration, but institutions may only submit one dissertation to the competition.

Nominations must be made by Heads of Department or equivalent, and the closing date for entries is the first Friday of the following January (the next deadline is therefore 5 January 2020).

For further information, please contact the Hon Secretary

Previous Prize Winners


David Kneale (University of Portsmouth), for ‘”Beyond the limit of human endurance”: the stolen Manx history of Dunkirk’.


Peter Richards (Swansea University), for ‘An Analysis of Voyaging in Ships of the East India Company from 1750-1833’.