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About

If you're fascinated by British naval history – from Nelson's journey to national hero status, to the Royal Navy's role in the British Empire – our MA Naval History degree course lets you transform your interest into a postgraduate qualification.

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Overview

Through flexible distance learning, you'll explore 400 years of naval history, take a deep dive into the subject through our links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and HMS Warrior, and get expert teaching from naval experts and curators.

You'll study subjects such as the Royal Navy's importance to British and global history, and how the navy is represented in popular culture. You'll look at Naval life from many perspectives, learn about the lives of ordinary sailors in peace and war, and examine the cult of the naval hero.

When you complete this course, you'll have expertise in British naval history and transferable skills too – like independent learning, written communication, textual analysis and time management – that'll make you an ideal candidate for PhD study, or for a career in fields like journalism, administration or archival and museum curation

What you will experience?

On this course you'll:

  • Have access to the archives, expertise and galleries of the NMRN and HMS Warrior
  • Make the most of our links with domestic and international maritime museums, including opportunities to go on field trips and behind the scenes tours
  • Learn about key areas of Royal Navy history, from the early modern period to present day
  • Develop your ability to carry out historical research and interpret multi-archive sources
  • Get transferable skills which will help in your future career
  • Use our extensive interactive resources, including unique primary sources, secondary literature, and video clips of experts in the field
  • Use of our huge collection of digital archival material from the University Library to aid your research
  • Write a dissertation based on your own research
  • Be supported by staff and experts through seminars, field trips and remote learning

Career

The transferrable skills that you develop on this course will make you an excellent candidate for a number of careers, including:

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Archive and museum work
  • Civil service
  • Armed forces
  • Research

Other graduates have continued their studies to PhD level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Naval History Research Skills
  • Rise and Fall: Naval Hegemony and Decline: 1815-1960
  • The Wooden Walls - The Royal Navy Under Sail: 1500-1815
  • Dissertation or Major Naval History Project

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in History or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience in a relevant field such as heritage or the navy and armed forces.

Tuition Fee

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

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Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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