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MA Maritime History at the University of Plymouth



What is maritime history and why does it matter? Study for our MA Maritime History at the University of Plymouth and you will have the opportunity to grapple with these and other key debates in history. Plymouth’s long and storied relationship with the sea makes it the perfect location to explore five centuries of maritime history from the Spanish Armada of 1588 through to questions around the continued importance of sea power and navies in the modern world.

You can study MA Maritime History full time over one year or part time split across two years. 

Your studies consist of four modules, two of which are core: key debates and research methods in history – an assessment of current trends and methodologies in the discipline of history, and public history – an examination of the theory and practice of how the past is presented to public audiences. 

You supplement these with two option modules, where you select the areas of history that interest you the most as you choose from the research specialisms of the history team.

The programme culminates in an independently researched MA History dissertation.

Core modules

  • MAHI700 Key Debates and Research Methods in History
    This module will provide students both with an understanding of current debates about approaches, theories and methodologies in History and a grounding in research skills such as locating and using primary source material and making effective use of library and database resources.
  • MAHI702 MA History Dissertation
  • MAHI730 All at Sea: Research Skills for Maritime History

Optional modules

  • MAHI704 Piracy and Privateering, 1560-1816
  • MAHI718 Independent Research Project in History
  • MAHI727 Anglo-American Relations in Maritime Perspective
  • MAHI728 Maritime Explorations and Encounters
  • MAHI729 Sea Power in History

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