In choosing to study the joint honours History and English Literature Degree at Aberystwyth University you will have the opportunity to combine two highly stimulating academic subjects. The History and English Literature degree will allow you to immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, complemented by the study of literary texts from medieval times through to modern. Graduates of our History and English Literature Degree are increasingly sought after by employers for their highly-developed research, analysis, team-work and communications abilities.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
96% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History. (NSS 2019)
99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
93% overall student satisfaction for the Department of English and Creative Writing (NSS 2019)
96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Languages graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Why study History/ English Literature 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.
- We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship.
- The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved.
- You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematize the ways we read.
- Our degrees are innovative ensuring you can get the best qualification. Our subject areas range from early to modern history, political history, social history, economic and cultural history.
- Take on a new adventure and explore corners of the World through our exciting exchange placements.
- You will be immersed in a supportive community of creative and critical thinkers, literary experts, and published scholars from every field.
Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|History For Life||HY12320||20|
|Introduction To History||HY12120||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|American Literature 1819-1925||EN11220||20|
|Europe And The World, 1000-2000||HY12420||20|
|Greek And Roman Epic And Drama||CL10120||20|
|Literature And The Sea||WL11420||20|
|Medieval And Early Modern Britain And Europe, 1000-1800||HY11420||20|
|People, Power And Identity: Wales 1200-1999||WH11720||20|
|Re-imagining Nineteenth-century Literature||WL10120||20|
|The Beginning Of The English Language||EN11520||20|
|The Modern World, 1789 To The Present||HY11820||20|
|To Boldly Go: Reading Star Trek||EN10320||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Literary Theory: Debates And Dialogues||EN20120||20|
A degree in History with English Literature is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies.
Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:
- Civil Service;
- New Media.
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!
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:
- Historical skills, new methods and periods;
- New techniques for approaching literary texts;
- Key figures from literary history;
- Skills in comparative analysis;
- New reading strategies.
In your second year you may explore:
- Historical method- which enables you to explore the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time;
- Historian’s craft;
- Theoretical approaches to the practice of literary criticism;
- Core text from medieval period through to the twentieth century.
In your third year you may study:
- Elizabethan drama;
- Modern ghost stories;
- American Literature;
- Wales under the Tudors;
- Victorian culture and society;
- Independent research project.
How will I be taught?
Our degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. We also encourage self-directed learning designed to stimulate your academic interest in English Literature and nurture your personal and intellectual development.
You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.
As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: employ multiple critical techniques when approaching texts; develop a reflective practice in reading and writing; articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject; and respond to any task with creativity, flair and style.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or pastoral issues. Your personal tutor will also be responsible for delivering tutorials that will help you in the development of key skills. 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.
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
What I love about the English Literature course at Aberystwyth University is the diversity which is offered. From the beginning of the degree to nearly finishing I have studied such a wide range of literature, some of which I didn't even know existed. I feel this has broadened my mind and provided me with a wide understanding of the different types of literature which will benefit me in my further studies. Chloe Morgan
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120
A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject
The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org