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Naval History (Distance Learning) MA

University of Portsmouth

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Online/Distance Learning

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Overview

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.

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'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Have access to the archives, expertise and galleries of the NMRN, Lloyds' Register 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

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Naval History degree?

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.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 3,650per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    61st

  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 93 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    106 51%

    68th

    18
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%

    26th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%

    21st

    7

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