BA History

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

BA History sudents looking at old books

In choosing to study a History Degree (V100) at Aberystwyth University you will study one of the most valuable of subjects. You will immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, and 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.

Overview

Most of us are curious about the past and about the way human societies have evolved over time. A degree in History will allow you to place the past in perspective and to equip yourself with the analytical skills of interpretation, analysis and communication that are so vital in everyday life.

Why study History at Aberystwyth?

History has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the University in 1872, making the Department of History and Welsh History the oldest History department in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain. Despite our heritage we continue to innovate 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 and several continents. The single honours History degree scheme (V100) is the most popular course in the department, and our students consistently rate it very highly in the National Student Surveys.

91% of our 2014 History graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, a 10 percentage point increase on the previous year (DLHE 2014). The number of those entering professional level work or graduate level education also increased by 15 percentage points over the year, compared with a 2.5 percentage point increase nationally.

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.

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 of History and Welsh History, 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.

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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Options All Part One students MUST take the Department's 20-credit Part One core module (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Cyflwyno Hanes HA12120

Introduction To History HY12120

Year 1 Options Part One students must take a further 100 credits of modules (of which at least 40 must be taken in the History & Welsh History department):

Semester 1

Concwest, Uno A Hunaniaeth Yng Nghymru 1250-1800 HC11120

Cymru A'r Byd: Cysylltiadau A Dylanwadau 1860 - 2000 HC11520

Stuart England: War, Political Crisis And Social Change 1629-1714 HY11920

Russia Since 1900 HY12020

Nationalism, Totalitarianism And Democratization: Czechoslov HY12220

Soldiers, Saints & Serfs: England, 1042-1154 HY14320

Conquest, Union And Identity In Wales 1250-1800 WH11120

Semester 2

Y Dirwasgiad Mawr: Hanes Cymharol America A Phrydain HA10620

Argyfwng, Gwrthryfel A Ffydd Yn Ewrop C.1000-1540 HA10820

Oes Y Fictoriaid HA13820

Age Of Magna Carta-england And Its Neighbours C1180-c1280 HY12520

Three Queens And Their Subjects HY12720

Britain And The First World War HY13220

Modernity And The Making Of Asia HY15220

From Revolution To World War: Wales 1789-1914 WH11620

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE the 20-credit core module in semester one (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Llunio Hanes HA30120

Making History HY30120

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SKILLS module in Semester Two:

Semester 2

Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America HA34720

Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes HY32720

History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz' HY33420

Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs HY33520

Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY33720

Journalism And The Writing Of History HY33920

Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300 HY34020

History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints HY34320

Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales HY34420

Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY34620

Year 2 Options Year Two students should choose 60-credits worth of OPTIONAL modules in the Department of History and Welsh History (though students may opt to take up to 20-credits outside the Department if they wish):

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Final Year Options FINAL YEAR single honours students MUST TAKE the DISSERTATION module which runs over semesters one and two (through the medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig HA30300

Dissertation HY30300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig HA30340

Dissertation HY30340

Final Year Options Final Year students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Final Year Options Final Year students MUST TAKE two co-requisite 20-credit SPECIAL SUBJECT modules (the first part running in semester one and the complementary module in semester two):

Semester 1

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr A Masnachwyr: Teithio A Symudedd Yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (rhan 1) HP34520

Ritual, Kingship And Power In Norman And Angevin England: Methods, Sources & Actors (part 1) HQ33120

Gender In History: The Early Modern Experience (part 1) HQ35220

British Society And The French Revolution, 1789-1795: Initial Reactions (part 1) HQ36420

Romantic Wales, 1780-1847 (part 1) HQ36820

Britain At War 1939-45 (part 1) HQ37520

Stalin And Stalinism (part 1) HQ37920

The Third Reich (part 1): Building The Dictatorship. Regime And Society In Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 HQ38320

The Vietnam War (part 1) HQ38520

Semester 2

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr A Masnachwyr: Teithio A Symudedd Yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (rhan 2) HP34620

Ritual, Kingship And Power In Norman And Angevin England: Methods, Sources & Actors (part 2) HQ33220

Gender In History: The Early Modern Experience (part 2) HQ35320

British Society And The French Revolution, 1795-1803: The Revolutionary Wars And Napoleon (part 2) HQ36520

Romantic Wales, 1780-1847 (part 2) HQ36920

Britain At War 1939-45 (part 2) HQ37620

Stalin And Stalinism (part 2) HQ38020

The Third Reich (part 2): War And The Holocaust, 1939-1945 HQ38420

The Vietnam War (part 2) HQ38620

Final Year Options Final Year students should choose one 20-credit OPTION module in either semester:

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Employability

Above national average of history graduates in work six months after graduation!

Alumni from the Department include Dr Tim Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire; Guto Bebb MP; Dr Joanne Cayford, BBC News producer; Berwyn Davies, Head of the Welsh Higher Education Office Brussels; and Iwan Griffiths, sports reporter for S4C

History is a subject that can lead into a wide range of careers. Graduates from the Department of History & Welsh History have for example found work as teachers, lawyers, archivists, publishers, politicians and civil servants, and also in the media, big business, the armed forces, and as entrepreneurs. This is because History is a subject that equips you with the skills to discover, analyse and interpret information, and to present your findings in a clear and convincing manner – as well as providing insights into humanity throughout the ages.

The Department of History & Welsh History is proud of the careers forged by its graduates and offers guidance and support about life after university, directed by an academic employability coordinator. This includes support from your personal tutor; talks, workshops and one-to-one sessions provided through the Careers Service; access to mentoring from alumni; and student placements in heritage organisations.

Heritage sector student placements

History & Welsh History 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. From 2014/15 it is anticipated that placements will also be available in Cardiff and Shrewsbury. 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’ 

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.

Year in Employment Scheme (YES) and GO Wales 

Students can participate in the YES between their penultimate and final year of a degree, spending twelve months in paid work gaining valuable experience before completing their degree. GO Wales offers paid work experience for students, while GO Wales Tasters offer short unpaid placements. Some of the Departmental student placements are offered as GO Wales Tasters, and History & Welsh History fully supports students who wish to participate in YES or GO Wales.

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 and Assessment

The different modes of learning, teaching and assessment employed by History & Welsh History 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.

Support from the Careers Service

History & Welsh History has a dedicated link careers adviser, who supports departmental initiatives, provides career talks, workshops on writing CVs and job applications, and offers one-to-one advice. You can access the Careers Service drop in service on a daily basis, or book a longer guidance appointment with a careers adviser.

Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

You have the opportunity to engage with and record your personal development and achievements throughout your time at university, through an easily accessible structured process. Engaging with HEAR will equip you with the tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

In your first year we offer a core module designed to ease you into your undergraduate studies. If you have studied History before, it will set your previous historical studies in a wider context; if you have not taken History at A level, it will serve as an ideal introduction to the subject. The module identifies new concepts and historical skills, new methods and periods, and some of the most exciting recent historical works. You will also be able to choose other modules from a wide selection reflecting a broad chronological and thematic range, so you can study the topics that appeal most to your own personal interests.

In your second year, you will take a module on historical method, which examines the way in which the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time. You can also choose from an extensive list of modules designed to broaden your knowledge, give you an insight into the historian’s craft and focus more closely on different topics and periods.

In your third year, as well as choosing a number of modules from a wide range, you select a special subject which enables you to study a specific historical topic in depth and allows an extensive use of original sources, deploying the critical research skills of a practising historian.

How will I be taught?

The aims of the History syllabus are to communicate the variety and excitement of current approaches to the academic study of History, and to teach such key skills as information retrieval, interpretation and self-expression.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, projects, presentations, and a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you.

The Department is committed to teaching through individual tutorials and small-group seminars alongside traditional lectures, and to delivering innovative and high quality teaching that will allow you to realise your potential, and to meet your learning expectations. Some preparatory reading in advance of your seminars will enable you to fully engage in the more detailed discussions and sharing of ideas that take place, and the small numbers of students in each seminar group means that you will receive a lot of attention from the lecturers. The one-to-one tutorial gives you the opportunity to receive individual attention and useful feedback from your lecturer on the coursework that you have submitted. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present an argument clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation skills.

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 (V100) because it's the perfect course for people who enjoy history, but don’t know what area of History that they prefer most. I came to university in this position, but this course offers you a chance to study many different periods. During my time on V100 I have studied many different eras and events, from the Black Death and Medieval Wales, right up British Politics in the twentieth century. I love V100 because it does not constrain you like other courses and allows you discover your true inner Historian. Christopher Pines

Studying History at Aberystwyth has been brilliant. The ability to pick modules and cater to your tastes has allowed me to pursue what I want. If I want to study Russia I can. Alongside this the great teaching staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge who provide excellent teaching. I can approach them very easily and they are willing to give me the time and support I need. I can ask for help with essays and advice on what to read and research. Reading is key as a historian and the Library is a great resource for getting books. It has nearly all the books you need and should the book be out you can go to the National Library of Wales. In my two years of studying history I have not once regretted my choice, and going into my third year I cannot wait. Connor Lambert

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 was the best decision I have ever made! Rachel Twomey

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: V100

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Tariff Required: 300 - 320

Entry Requirements: Grade B in any A level subject required. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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