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Laughton Naval Unit


Within Kings College London

The unit runs modules as part of various courses within the Department of War Studies at Bachelors and Masters level. These are further detailed in the student handbook and departmental webpages. 


Doctoral Supervision

The Laughton Unit welcomes enquiries from potential doctoral research students. Please contact Professor Andrew Lambert  or Dr Alan James.

Further information on the PhD programme can be found on the department webpages.

Some examples of past supervisees are:

  • Michael Hinton: ‘Disease and Sanitation in the Crimean Campaign 1854-1856’.
  • Hiraku Yabuki: The Royal Navy in the Far East 1898-1914.
  • David Kohnen ‘American Command and Control in the Battle of the Atlantic’.
  • John Ross ‘Command and Control in Coastal Operations 1939-1945’, John has temporarily interrupted his studies to concentrate on his vital work on Counter-Insurgency Doctrine for the Army Doctrine Command.
  • Captain Tim Woods RN ‘The Origins of Modern Chinese Naval Thought’
  • Alexander Clarke ‘The Provision of aviation assets for Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers 1919-1939’.
  • Ian Bowers ‘The Creation of the Modern South Korean Navy’.
  • Ian MacDonald – ‘The Royal Navy Survey Effort on the Canadian Great Lakes.’
  • Richard Dunley ‘The Royal Navy and Underwater Weapons, 1900-1914.’
  • Jennifer Daley ‘Sailor Uniforms and Nautical Fashion: Clothing and Textiles in the British Royal Navy to 1859.'
  • Catherine Scheybeler ‘The Reconstruction of the Spanish Navy in the early 18th Century.’ Catherine won the Anglo-Spanish Society Annual Student Award for 2011.


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