History and Media

Key Facts

Code VP13
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study this History and Media Degree (VP13) at Aberystwyth you'll immerse yourself not just in a huge choice of history, but also an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. In addition you'll cover the core modules for Media, resulting in a great combination. This course is student-focused and you'll be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally interests you. Our History Degree graduates are sought by employers for their highly developed research, analysis, teamwork and communications abilities.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of History (NSS 2016)
Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Media and Communication (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)

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

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

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


The innovative History and Media Degree scheme is designed for students who wish to pursue and develop their interests in both history and media studies. Its flexible structure, and teaching across the two departments of History and Welsh History and Theatre, Film and Television Studies, offers you the opportunity to study each subject independently and within an interdisciplinary context. This will develop both your historical knowledge and your practical and theoretical understanding of mass media.

Why study History and Media at Aberystwyth?

History has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the University in 1872, making it the oldest History department in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain. Over the last 140 years we’ve perfected the degree schemes we offer you to ensure that you get the best History degree you possibly can.

The interests of our lecturers span the period from antiquity to the modern world, so we can provide you with a broad range of political, social, economic and cultural history modules from all periods. All our lecturers are active researchers who publish their work, and you will benefit from being taught the latest historical theories and techniques. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

In addition to a fine University library, as a History student at Aberystwyth you will enjoy full membership of the National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, with over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, it is situated within a five-minute walk of the Department. You will find this especially valuable when studying your special subject and writing your dissertation in your third year. Through our close association with the National Library we are also able to offer you exciting work placement opportunities there.

You will find a very friendly and welcoming community in the Department, and the lively History Society organizes a programme of guest lectures, visits to places of interest and social events throughout the year. The Department has established links with a number of universities overseas, so we can also provide you with the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad immersing yourself in a different and exciting historical culture.

These increases reflect our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

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

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.


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.





Career Prospects

Many graduates from these two departments have gone into careers that are directly related to their degree subject – such as teaching, research, working in an archive or museum, or working in the media in careers such as researching, producing, editing or directing for organisations including the BBC, Talkback Productions and S4C. Many other graduates have gone into diverse careers including accountancy, banking, marketing, public relations, the computer industry, local government, the police force and social work. Students of History and Media develop transferable skills – such as independent analytical thought, research, teamwork and written and oral communication skills – that are attractive to employers in a variety of fields. This gives our graduates great flexibility in their choice of career.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in History and Media will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
 • research skills

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching & Learning

What will you learn?

You will divide your time equally between the Department of History and Welsh History and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. There will be some core modules, designed to ease the transition from school to university and to develop key skills, but you will also have a wide choice of option modules from both departments. The course will be taught through a variety of methods, including large-group lectures and film screenings, lively small-group seminars and individual tutorials. We are committed to student-led, innovative teaching, treating each student as an individual and helping you to fulfil your potential. As well as receiving one-to-one attention in tutorials you will also be assigned a personal tutor who is responsible for your welfare and can be contacted if you have any problems or questions.

How will you be taught?

Among many skills you will learn: to develop your powers of analysis and critical reflection; to engage with and evaluate critical debates; to develop your own arguments and present them in oral and written work; to apply key theoretical concepts to particular media artefacts and historical debates; to understand the cultural, institutional and political context in which particular media artefacts were created; to work collaboratively and independently and to manage your time effectively. Through the modules you take from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies you will be able to develop specific technical skills in film-making and editing.

Assessment of this course will take a variety of forms to reflect the wide range of topics and approaches that you will encounter. The familiar assessment methods of essays and exams will be the most common forms of assessment but for some modules you may be asked to give an oral presentation, undertake an individual research project, write a script or a blog, conduct interviews or make a film. In the final year of your course you will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Depending on where your interests lie, you can choose to undertake this dissertation either in the Department of History and Welsh History or the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies.

Through the award-winning Media and Communication Studies website you will be able to publish your work to a global audience on the Aberystwyth website. This early experience of publication will be particularly valuable if you are considering an academic career.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

I love 'History' because it's the perfect course for people who enjoy history, but don’t know what area of History they prefer most. I came to University in this position, but this course allows you to discover this by offering you a chance to study many different periods. During my time studying the History Degree I have studied many different eras and events, from the Black Death and Medieval Wales, right up to British Politics in the twentieth century. I love History because it does not constrain you like other courses and allows you to discover your true inner Historian. Christopher Pines

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

UCAS Tariff:
114 - 128

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30-32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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