Cultural Heritage: Libraries, Archives and Museums

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Key Facts

Code V700
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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The BA in Cultural Heritage Studies at Aberystwyth University seeks to introduce you to the cultural heritage aspects of the library, archive and heritage professions. If you are interested in any aspects of library, archive or museum work, including looking for information, helping others in information seeking, and how our heritage and knowledge is stored, shared and preserved - then this degree at Aberystwyth University is for you. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

96% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History. (NSS 2019)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)


The course has a strong history component and allows you to combine an interest in history with practical and theoretical understandings of how information is valued and utilised in all walks of life – historical, educational and social. Offered jointly by the Departments of History and Welsh History, and Information Management, Library and Archives, this scheme draws upon our established strengths in professional training in information and library studies, archives and records management, alongside History and Welsh History. 

You will receive training in the management and use of information, heritage resources, archives and records in both digital and physical formats. You’ll also develop skills in the application of information technology in this field. This degree scheme promotes your ability to conduct research, to investigate and analyse, and to articulate your ideas. 

Opportunities at Aberystwyth for students of Cultural Heritage Studies include:

  • studying in a historically ‘information rich’ town that includes the National Library of Wales (one of only five copyright libraries in the UK, and home to the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and a regular host of exhibitions relating to Welsh culture and heritage); the Welsh Books Council; the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments, Ceredigion Museum, the University libraries and archives, and a range of other relevant resources and organisations; 
  • being taught by experts in their field.
Our Staff

Department of Information Management, Libraries & Archives lecturers are either qualified to PhD level or work in areas of the subject where professional practices are the focus. Many of the staff engage in research relevant to the theoretical and practical development of the discipline and the associated professions.

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Effective Communication IL10520 20
Foundations Of Information Studies IL10120 20
Introduction To History * HY12120 20
The Archival Inheritance IL11120 20
The Cultural Heritage Landscape IL10320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Information In A Changing World IL20220 20
Making History * HY20120 20
Museums In The 21st Century IL20320 20
Record Revolutions: A Cultural History Of Record Keeping IL20420 20
Resource Discovery And Digital Information Management IL20620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Graduates of this degree will be well prepared for a career within a cultural organisation, or in an administrative position which would include responsibility for record keeping. It would also be relevant to those considering work as a graduate archive assistant or postgraduate professional training in archive administration and records management, to name a few examples.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will discover: 

  • Foundations of Information Studies; 
  • The Cultural Heritage Landscape; 
  • Human Communication; 
  • The Archival Inheritance; 
  • Introduction to History; 

In your second and third years you will explore: 

  • Information in a Changing World; 
  • A cultural history of record keeping; 
  • Resource discovery and digital information management; 
  • Collection management and heritage organisations; 
  • Making History;
  • Local studies and community heritage.

Please note that during your second and third  years, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules that will complement your core modules. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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