Student and Research Prizes

Are you a student working on maritime history? Apply for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate prizes.

New Researchers Conference

Research degree students and independent scholars are warmly encouraged to share their work at our annual New Researchers Conference.

Masters Prizes


The Masters Dissertation Prize is an annual prize of £100 awarded for an outstanding dissertation on maritime history. Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline. 

The prize winner for 2024 (2022-23 session) goes to Taylan Campbell for 'British Newspapers and Transatlantic Ocean Liners, 1906-1916: Representations of Launches, Maiden Voyages, and Disasters' - University of Aberdeen

Read the news item here. 

How to make a nomination

The dissertation must have been assessed as part of a Masters degree and awarded during the previous *academic year (2023-24). 

Dissertations awarded distinction marks of 70+ are eligible for consideration. Institutions may only submit one dissertation to the competition.   

Nominations must be made by Heads of Department or equivalent.  Judging is by a Prize Committee, whose decision is final.

The closing date for nominations for the 2023/4 session is 1st December 2024 

To make a nomination please complete the Masters Prize Form and upload supporting documents here.


MA Dissertation Prize winner, 2022

Congratulations to Emma Haddon (University of Portsmouth) for her dissertation on The Hulks of the Hamoaze: A Study of the Receiving Ships of Plymouth during the Napoleonic Wars.

The award of the prize this year was a difficult task, as the candidates represented both high quality of work and the rich diversity of subject that can  be tackled in maritime history.  Emma Haddon’s dissertation made a mature contribution to the contested subject of the manning of naval vessels during the Napoleonic War. The research was placed clearly in the context of the current debate The evidence was laid out and subjected to excellent analysis. The contribution the work makes to the debate and the additional lights it shed on the lives of those who came within the walls of the receiving gave it additional value.   


Find out about previous prize winners here

For further information, please contact the Hon Secretary