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MA in Naval, Maritime & Coastal History at University of Portsmouth



Transform your love of naval, maritime and coastal history into a versatile postgraduate qualification on this Master's in Naval, Maritime and Coastal History, all from the home of the Royal Navy.

Thanks to the University of Portsmouth's partnerships with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the HMS Warrior and other key maritime heritage institutions, you'll have digital or in-person access to a treasure trove of expertise, archives and galleries to enrich your studies.

  • Immerse yourself in a rich exploration of naval, maritime and coastal history, into areas such as the European Imperial expansion, the birth of the United States, and the role of the sea in the English Civil War, the Spanish Armada, the reign of King Henry VIII and the disappearance of the Mary Rose
  • Enjoy digital or in-person access to the collections of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the HMS Warrior, Lloyd's Register Foundation, the Legasee Educational Trust, and the Wellington Trust, and have the chance to get involved in research projects, field trips and behind-the-scenes tours

With the entire course online via distance learning, you can choose to study full-time over a year or part-time over two years, if you're looking to study alongside work or military service.

You'll embark on a deep dive into the global legacy of developments in the naval domain from 1508 to 1960. Considering factors from strategic to sociological, technological to cultural, you'll explore subject areas including the role of the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the Second World War, debates around the naval battle at Jutland, how Nelson won at Trafalgar, and what contributed to the Boston Tea Party.


Contact details

Academics from the Centre for Port Cities and Maritime Cultures teach on a range of courses, including History BA (Hons), Sociology BSc (Hons), Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture MA (Distance Learning), and the Naval, Maritime and Coastal History MA (Distance Learning).

For further information contact Dr Matthew Heaslips or Dr Cathryn Pearce.
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Website MA Naval, Maritime and Coastal History (Distance Learning) Master's | University of Portsmouth


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