As part of your studies, we offer a variety of benefits that will enhance your student experience, and promote active engagement with history and heritage teaching and learning.
Roosevelt Institute for American Studies
Third year history students have the opportunity to travel on a funded scholarship to the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg (Netherlands) and undertake research for their final year dissertations. We are the only British university to offer scholarships for undergraduate students to this institute.
“My experience at the Roosevelt Institute was both rewarding and really enjoyable. I got the opportunity to look at archival sources on John Collier and the New Deal for Native Americans.” Anita Tafirenyika, third year BA (Hons) History student
Every autumn, our second year history students undertake training in the skills and theories of making historical documentaries. In small groups they then make a historical documentary on a topic that interests them.
These topics range from local histories such as the Blitz in Plymouth, the Mayflower in 1620 and Plymouth Gin to wider historical concerns such as the NHS, the assassination of JFK and the suffrage movement.
Volunteering and internship opportunities
Histories of the Unexpected
In the summer of 2018, Professor James Daybell and the television presenter and historian Dr Sam Willis offered over 16 internships to University of Plymouth history students.
The hidden history of Powderham Castle
In our recent alumni magazine, Invenite, we interviewed Professor James Daybell and Professor Daniel Maudlin about their work at Powderham Castle.
Room by room, page by page; line by line, the layers of history begin to peel away and give up their secrets. With every receipt, love letter and lock of hair, the evidence builds in forensic fashion; how the medieval stronghold that was Powderham Castle became the Georgian country residence, and a stage for William ‘Kitty’ Courtenay to marry off his 13 sisters.