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By choosing to study History at Aberystwyth University, you will be studying one of the most valuable of subjects. Most of us are curious about the past and the way in which human societies have evolved over time. A degree in History will allow you to place the past in context and equip yourself with the skills of interpretation, analysis and communication that are so essential to our everyday lives and ones that employers value highly.

Course Overview

Why study History at Aberystwyth University?

  • History has been taught at Aberystwyth since 1872, which makes our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in the UK.
  • Our degrees are innovative, ensuring that you get the best qualification.
  • We receive high scores from our students in the annual National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Our subject areas range from early history to modern history, political history, social history, economic history and cultural history.
  • The National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in the UK, is situated just below the campus.
  • We can offer you exciting exchange opportunities.
Our Staff

Staff in the Department of History and Welsh History are active researchers and experts in their field of History. Most are qualified to PhD level and hold PGCHE. To find out more about our staff visit, please visit our departmental staff page.

Modules September start - 2022

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Europe and the World, 1000-2000 HY12420 20
Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe, 1000-1800 HY11420 20
People, Power and Identity: Wales 1200-1999 WH11720 20
The Modern World, 1789 to the present HY11820 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

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Module Name Module Code Credit Value
American History skills module HY25020 20
Dread and Despair? Living with Disability in the Middle Ages HY23320 20
Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions HY24620 20
From Babylon Berlin to Hollywood: movies as sources for cultural history HY24920 20
History as myth-Making: the 'Myth of the Blitz' HY23420 20
Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
Memory, Myth and History: Investigating Medieval Chronicles, c. 1000-1250 HY24120 20
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY26920 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY28520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 WH23420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY29320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY25820 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
Globalising Post-War Germany(s) 1945-2015 HY29520 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY20420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY27520 20
Modern American History HY28320 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salary Men HY29820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH24420 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY28620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY29720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY22020 20
The European Reformation HY26520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY26320 20
The Making of Europe: Christendom and beyond, c. 1000-1300 HY25720 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY29420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY27320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY20920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH20120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH23520 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Britain at War 1939-45 (Part 1) HQ37520 20
Britain at War 1939-45 (Part 2) HQ37620 20
Bywyd a Gwaith ym Meysydd Glo Prydain, 1842-1914 (Rhan 1) HP37420 20
Bywyd a Gwaith ym Meysydd Glo Prydain, 1914-1948 (Rhan 2) HP37520 20
From Burma to Myanmar (Part I): colonial Burma under British rule (1824-1941) HQ39220 20
From Burma to Myanmar (Part II): Challenges for a young nation state since 1942 HQ39320 20
Milwyr, Myfyrwyr a Masnachwyr: Teithio a Symudedd yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (Rhan 1) HP34520 20
Milwyr, Myfyrwyr a Masnachwyr: Teithio a Symudedd yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (Rhan 2) HP34620 20
The English Reformation, 1520-58: Revolution and Counter Revolution HQ35020 20
The English Reformation, 1558-1648: Consolidation and Conflict HQ35620 20
The Irish in Britain, c. 1850-1922 (Part 2): Community and Conflict HQ35520 20
The Irish in Britain, c.1815-70 (Part 1): Migration and Settlement HQ35420 20
The Norwegian civil wars: 1174-1263 Part 1 HQ33520 20
The Norwegian civil wars: 1174-1263 Part 2 HQ33620 20
The Reign of Edward II, 1307-27 (Part 2): Sources HQ34620 20
The Third Reich (Part 1): The Holocaust, the Eastern Front and the Nazi Occupation of Eastern Europe HQ38320 20
The Third Reich (Part 2): The German Home Front, 1939-1945 HQ38420 20
The reign of Edward II, 1307-27 (Part 1) HQ34520 20
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY36920 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY38520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 WH33420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY39320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
Globalising Post-War Germany(s) 1945-2015 HY39520 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY30420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY37520 20
Modern American History HY38820 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salary Men HY39820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH34420 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY38620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY30120 20
The European Reformation HY36520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY36320 20
The Making of Europe: Christendom and beyond, c. 1000-1300 HY35720 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY39420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY37320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY30920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH30120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH33520 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

What will I be able to do with a degree in History?

Our graduates have been successful in establishing careers across a wide range of areas, incuding:

  • education
  • law
  • archiving
  • publishing
  • politics
  • the Civil Service
  • media
  • the armed forces
  • entrepeneurship.

As a department, we are very proud of our notable alumni amongst whom are:

  • Dr Tîm Brain, ex-Chief Constable of Gloucestershire
  • Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament
  • Dr Joanne Cayford, BBC
  • Berwyn Davies, Head of Welsh Higher Education in Brussels
  • Iwan Griffiths, Sports commentator S4C.

What opportunities are there for gaining work experience while I study?

Click here to learn about the various opportunities that our Careers Service offers.

Enhance your career opportunities with Go Wales and our Year in Employment Scheme which are managed by our Careers Service.

Student placements in the heritage sector

Our department has strong connections with the heritage sector, and an established portfolio of student placements. In the past, students have spent up to three weeks in the National Library of Wales (including Welsh-medium opportunities), the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and the London Society of Antiquarians. These places provide the opportunity to gain practical experience and an understanding of the heritage sector, and they also look good on any CV!

International opportunities

Aberystwyth University offers the chance of a lifetime to study, volunteer or work in another country, for one academic year, one semester or a few weeks during the holiday. Explore other cultures, challenge yourself and gain experiences that will help you with your career. The time spent exploring a new country and culture can refine your interpersonal skills, improve your language skills, and expand your international mindset. Find out where you can go.

Mentoring by alumni and graduate skills

The Mentoring Scheme by Alumni can enable you to connect with past graduates across a variety of careers in a safe and supportive environment. History and Welsh History also organises sessions where alumni talk about different periods of their careers. Some of the most recent talks have included 'From university to a careers in cultural heritage: the first steps', given by a recent graduate who has secured a place on a renowned training scheme in Tate Gallery.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The summary below will give you an idea of what you may study on this three-year degree scheme.

In your first year you may discover:

  • new concepts and skills in history
  • new methods and historical periods
  • Welsh History 1250-1800
  • the First World War and Britain
  • modernism and the creation of Asia
  • exciting recent historical works.

You will also choose from our range of other modules that reflect a wide range both chronologically and thematically.

During your second year you may explore:

  • historical methods, looking at the way in which meaning, methods and writing about history have changed over time
  • the history of Europe
  • Germany and Naziism
  • the British Empire: Britain and Ireland 1850-1914
  • looking at the craft of the historian's.

You will also choose from our range of other modules that encompass different subjects and periods.

In your final year you may study:

  • a special subject that will allow you to undertake intense research, using primary sources that will enable you to use the critical research skills of the practical historian
  • sexuality in History
  • British society and the French revolution
  • history, religion and divination
  • Stalin and Russia.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The different learning, teaching and assessment methods that we use in the department will enable you to develop skills in the form of: giving presentations to small groups (in Seminars and during oral assessments), formal writing (essays), research and developing ideas in writing (dissertation), and working as part of a team (seminars and student conferences, such as the yearly Medieval Colloquium in Gregynog). History and Welsh History also holds individual academic tutorials with all students, which is unusual outside Oxford and Cambridge. We also have a system of supportive personal tutors. Through this one-to-one contact, you will be able to discuss with academic mentors possible career opportunities, or perhaps the options of going on to further studies.

Student Testimonials

I came here on an open day and fell in love with the place and its atmosphere, so I decided to come and study here. I got a scholarship to come here, and that was a great help. It was easy for me to settle in here. Since it's such a small town, everything is close together and it's full of students. There's a homely atmosphere here, and it doesn't take you long to make friends. The Department of History and Welsh History is fantastic. It's easy to communicate with departmental staff and they are always there for you if you have any problems. Since I'm studying Welsh History, the National Library is very useful - every single book is available there with it being a copyright library. I'm a member of the UMCA, the union for Welsh speaking students. There are plenty of societies here, which is brilliant. By becoming a member of societies, you mix with other students. The thing I like most about Aber is the social life, the warm atmosphere in town, and the fact that everything is close together. The only thing I don't like is the hill! I would definitely recommend to others that they study at Aberystwyth University. This is the best experience you'll get! Ceri Phillips

I was very happy to accept a Incentive Scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and every penny is helpful to me as I start my degree in Aberystwyth. Welsh is my first language and having studied all my school subjects through the medium of Welsh, it was a natural choice for me to do the same at university. The things that attracted me to the place were the good name of the Department of History and Welsh History and the Welsh society here. Heledd Eleri Evans

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
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 would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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