BA

European History

Key Facts

Code V220
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The European History degree at Aberystwyth University enables you to specialise in the history of Europe and the wider continent’s relationship with the British Isles. This allows you to obtain a better understanding of the experiences of a continent that has, and continues to have, a great impact on British and world history. The European History degree scheme draws on the expertise of internationally-recognised experts to help you to appreciate European history in all its diversity throughout the ages.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of History (NSS 2016)

Department of History and Welsh: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study History at Aberystwyth University?

  • History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain
  • Our degrees are innovative ensuring you can get the best qualification
  • Rated high by our students in the National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Our subject areas range from early to modern history, political history, social history, economic and cultural history
  • We have a copyright library on campus, the National Library of Wales
  • Exciting exchange opportunities available
Our Staff

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

Modules

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.

Making History
Early Modernity In Europe
The Challenge To Christendom
War & Society In History
Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions
Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs
History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz'
History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints
Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda
Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes
Journalism And The Writing Of History
Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300
Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales
An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914
East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290
Germany Since 1945
Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain
Science, Religion And Magic
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825
Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850
Culture, Society And The Victorians
Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power
From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700
The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’
The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991
Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850
War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century

Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Llunio Hanes
Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc
Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America
Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr
Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914
Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964

Dissertation
Early Modernity In Europe
The Challenge To Christendom
War & Society In History
Britain At War 1939-45 (part 1)
British Society And The French Revolution, 1789-1795: Initial Reactions (part 1)
Gender In History: The Early Modern Experience (part 1)
Ritual, Kingship And Power In Norman And Angevin England: Methods, Sources & Actors (part 1)
Romantic Wales, 1780-1847 (part 1)
Stalin And Stalinism (part 1)
The Third Reich (part 1): Building The Dictatorship. Regime And Society In Nazi Germany, 1933-1939
The Vietnam War (part 1)
Britain At War 1939-45 (part 2)
British Society And The French Revolution, 1795-1803: The Revolutionary Wars And Napoleon (part 2)
Gender In History: The Early Modern Experience (part 2)
Ritual, Kingship And Power In Norman And Angevin England: Methods, Sources & Actors (part 2)
Romantic Wales, 1780-1847 (part 2)
Stalin And Stalinism (part 2)
The Third Reich (part 2): War And The Holocaust, 1939-1945
The Vietnam War (part 2)
An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914
East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290
Germany Since 1945
Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain
Science, Religion And Magic
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825
Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850
Culture, Society And The Victorians
Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power
From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700
The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’
The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991
Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850
War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century

Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Traethawd Estynedig
Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc
Milwyr, Myfyrwyr A Masnachwyr: Teithio A Symudedd Yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (rhan 1)
Milwyr, Myfyrwyr A Masnachwyr: Teithio A Symudedd Yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (rhan 2)
Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr
Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914
Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964

Employability

What career prospects exist with a History degree?

Our graduates have been successful in securing a profession in many different fields, including:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Archivists
  • Publishers
  • Politicians
  • Civil Servants
  • Media
  • Armed Forces
  • Entrepreneurs

As a department we are very proud of our notable and esteem alumni, some include:

  • Dr Tim Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire
  • Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament
  • Dr Joanne Cayford, BBC News presenter
  • Berwyn Davies, Head of the Welsh Higher Education Office Brussels
  • Iwan Griffiths, Sports reporter for the S4C (Welsh language broadcast channel)

Heritage sector student placements

Our department has strong links with the heritage sector, and an established portfolio of student placements. In the past, students have spent up to three weeks at the National Library of Wales (including Welsh-medium opportunities), the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Wales, and the Society of Antiquaries of London. These placements provide the opportunity for ‘hands-on’ experience and insights into the heritage sector, and are very valuable for the CV!

Tweets from 2014 Society of Antiquaries’ placement students:

‘Got to see three copies of the Magna Carta at once today!’ ‘Kudos to Aber Uni for helping me get the placement, can't wait for tomorrow’ 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

International opportunities: Erasmus & the Study Abroad programme

Having a range of experiences is very valuable for life after university, and excellent opportunities are provided by the Erasmus or Study Abroad schemes. History & Welsh History have established Erasmus exchange programmes with universities in Germany, Prague, Budapest and Norway. The Department also has links with a number of American colleges.

 Alumni mentoring and graduate talks

The Alumni Mentoring Scheme will enable you to make contact with past graduates in a range of careers in a safe and supportive environment. We as a department also arrange talks from alumni at different stages of their careers. Recent talks include ‘From university to a career in cultural heritage: first steps’, presented by a recent graduate who now has a place on a prestigious Tate Gallery traineeship.

Teaching & Learning

What will you 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 may discover:

  • New concepts and historical skills
  • New methods and periods
  • Exciting recent historical works
  • The Magna Carta- England and its neighbours
  • Russian History (1900)
  • Our choice of other modules which reflect a broad chronological and thematic range

In your second year you may explore:

  • Historical method, which examines the way in which the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time
  • 14th Century England
  • Georgian and Victorian Landscapes
  • Early Modernity In Europe
  • an insight into the historian’s craft
  • our different topics and periods from our extensive module list

In your third year you may study:

  • German society
  • Civil War in Stuart Wales
  • The Nazi Regime, Society in Nazi Germany and Dictatorship
  • The reactions of the British society and the French revolution
  • A broad range of elective modules to choose from

How will I be taught and assessed?

The different modes of learning, teaching and assessment employed by History & Welsh History  department will enable you to develop skills in small group presentation (seminars and oral assessment), formal writing (essays), research and the development of ideas in written form (a dissertation), and working as part of a team (seminars and student conferences, such as the annual Gregynog Medieval Colloquium). We also maintain individual academic tutorials for all students - rare outside Oxbridge - and have a supportive system of personal tutors. Through this one-to-one contact, you will be able to discuss possible careers, or perhaps further study, with academic mentors.

Student Views

What I love about studying History at Aberystwyth is everything! It is such a great degree scheme, with a wide range of modules to choose from in each year of study. The tutors are fantastic and always helpful and knowledgeable. Everyone within the department is friendly - staff and students alike - which creates a lovely working atmosphere. We have a fantastic resource just down the road, the National Library of Wales, which not only contains every book published in the UK after 1911, but is also a beautiful building to study in and commands the best view over the whole of Aberystwyth town. Studying History at Aberystwyth is the best decision I have ever made! Rachel Twomey

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30-32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

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