From the sketchbook of Captain Coulton Elliott, R.N.R. (1871–1927), image reproduced by courtesy of F.E.C. Gregory.

The dissertation is the capstone of the MA Maritime History degree. Students choose a maritime or naval history topic that they are passionate about and research and write a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Students will be assigned a specialist supervisor who will help to guide their project and research over the course of the year. Students are encouraged to visit local, national and international archives, such as the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in the Netherlands, as part of their research. The University of Plymouth library offers full access to a range of key databases, journals and books for postgraduate maritime history research.

Recent topics

Recent maritime postgraduate dissertations have covered topics such as: