This degree programme combines some of the coursework elements of a taught MA or MSc, with a longer Dissertation which, unlike taught Masters' programmes, must be started at the beginning of the programme. The aim of the programme is to provide highly qualified and competent students who have a clearly focused research interest with the opportunity to complete a Master's degree with more focus on that interest and fewer compulsory taught courses, without requiring the time or commitment necessary to complete an MPhil or PhD. Students must complete an appropriate taught course in Research Methodology, either in the history area or the policy area, and two other courses. The degree will be a key step on the career path of anyone wishing to pursue an academic career in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime commerce, or maritime defence and security studies. At the end of this degree, successful students may wish to register for a doctoral programme, since this MA provides a useful taster of research training and experience for those considering this route.
The aims of the programme are:
- To provide students who already have a clearly focussed research interest with the opportunity to complete a research-focused Master's degree in the minimum possible time
- To provide a stepping stone enabling rapid transfer from predominantly taught study to self-directed research and an academic career
- To produce a high-quality and substantial piece of written work suitable for publication.
- One research skills course, either: Research Skills in Maritime Policy (15 credits) or Research Skills and Case Studies for Maritime Historians (30 credits).
- Research Dissertation (up to 40,000 words) (120 credits)
- The remaining 30 or 45 credits (depending on which research skills course is chosen) should be chosen from the following option courses: Maritime Business Environment (15 credits); Defence & Security (15 credits); Environmental History and the Sea (15 credits); Case Studies in Maritime Policy (15 credits); Challenges in 21st Century Maritime Policy (15 credits); Public Shipping Law (30 credits); Economics of International Shipping (15 credits); The Nature of Global Maritime Security (15 credits); Maritime Crime (15 credits); Marine Insurance (15 credits); Environment, Energy and Equipment (15 credits); The Emergence of a World Power: Britain and the Maritime World 1688-1914 (30 credits); The Transfer of Power: International Maritime History 1914 to the late 20th Century (30 credits); International Fisheries History (15 credits).
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.
Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our: - Postgraduate finance pages - International students' finance pages
Students are assessed through a variety of coursework and presentations.
Academic or academic-related careers, journalism or PR in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime business, economics and commerce, maritime defence and security.