BA

History and Welsh History

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Key Facts

Code VVC2
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study a History and Welsh History degree at Aberystwyth you will immerse yourself in a wide range of historical periods with a specialism in Welsh history, and you will gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. This course is student-focused and you will be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally interests you. Our History graduates are sought by employers for their highly developed research, analysis, teamwork and communications abilities.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Department of History and Welsh History: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

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

Overview

The History and Welsh History degree scheme allows you to benefit from studying at the world’s leading centre of teaching and research in Welsh history as well as providing the flexibility to explore a range of other historical topics according to your own interests.

Why study History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth?

  • 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.
  • You will be part of a University that endeavours to provide you with an exceptional and memorable student experience.In the latest National Student Survey, the department of History and Welsh History scored 92% overall student satisfaction, this demonstrates how your student experience at Aberystwyth University can be memorable and cherished. (NSS, 2017). 
  • Our subject areas range from early to modern history, political history, social history, economic and cultural history.
  • The National Library of Wales is only a stone throw away from our campus. This copyright library houses every book that has been published in the UK. 
  • Discover another country and immerse yourself in another culture through our Erasmus + (Europe) and International Exchange programmes. Discover more on our partnered Universities on our Study Abroad website. 
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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to History * HY12120 20
History for Life HY12320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
America and Britain During the Great Depression HY10620 20
America: From Colony to Superpower HY15620 20
Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales 1250-1800 * WH11120 20
Crisis, Rebellion and Faith: Europe 1000-1517 HY11320 20
Manners & Misdemeanours:Polite Society in 18th Century Engla HY12820 20
Age of Magna Carta-England and Its Neighbours C1180-C1280 HY12520 20
Britain, Germany and the Great War HY13520 20
Modernity and the Making of Asia HY15220 20
The Black Death HY12620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation * HY30340 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY36920 20
British Society and the French Revolution, 1789-1795: Initial Reactions (Part 1) HQ36420 20
British Society and the French Revolution, 1795-1803: The Revolutionary Wars and Napoleon (Part 2) HQ36520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 * WH33420 20
East & West in the Age of Crusades, c. 1070 - c. 1290 HY35120 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
Expansion, intervention and influence: The United States as a continental power HY39120 20
From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY38420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY37520 20
Medieval London: national capital, international city HY38020 20
Ritual, kingship and power in Norman and Angevin England: methods, sources & actors (Part 1) HQ33120 20
Ritual, kingship and power in Norman and Angevin England: methods, sources & actors (Part 2) HQ33220 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY38620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720 20
The English Reformation, 1520-58: Revolution and Counter Revolution HQ35020 20
The English Reformation, 1558-1648: Consolidation and Conflict HQ35620 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY36320 20
The Irish in Britain, c.1815-70 (Part 1): Migration and Settlement HQ35420 20
The Reign of Edward II, 1307-27 (Part 2): Sources HQ34620 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY37320 20
The Third Reich (Part 1): Building the Dictatorship. Regime and Society in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 HQ38320 20
The Third Reich (Part 2): War and the Holocaust, 1939-1945 HQ38420 20
The Vietnam War (Part 1) HQ38520 20
The Vietnam War: The View from Southeast Asia HQ38720 20
The irish in Britain, c. 1850-1922 (Part 2): Community and Conflict HQ35520 20
The reign of Edward II, 1307-27 (Part 1) HQ34520 20
Women and Gender in Britain, c.1800-1950 HY37920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What career prospects exist with a History degree?

Our graduates have been successful in securing a profession in many different fields;

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

As a department we are very proud of our notable and esteem alumni;

  • Dr Tim Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire
  • Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament
  • Dr Joanne Cayford,  BBC 
  • 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. History & Welsh History also arranges 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 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 may discover:

  • New concepts and historical skills;
  • New methods and periods;
  • Welsh History from 1250-1800;
  • The First World War and Britain;
  • Modernity and the making of Asia;
  • Exciting recent historical works;
  • 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;
  • European History;
  • Germany and Nazism;
  • The British Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914;
  • an insight into the historian’s craft;
  • our different topics and periods from our extensive module list.

In your third year you may study:

  • A special subject which enables you go into in depth research, using original sources all of which enabling you to deploy the criticalresearch skills of a practising historian;
  • Gender in History;
  • British Society and the French revolution;
  • Science, Religion and Magic;
  • Stalin and Russia.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The different modes of learning, teaching and assessment employed by us, the 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). History & Welsh History also maintains individual academic tutorials for all students - rare outside Oxbridge - and has 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

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 here 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

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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