BA

History and Welsh History

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Key Facts

VVC2
  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Aberystwyth is a centre for the study of Welsh history with expertise ranging from the medieval through to the modern period and a range of exciting themes, such as the Glyndwr Rebellion, religion and morality in the eighteenth century, empire and migration in the nineteenth, and health and welfare in the twentieth.

In choosing to study the BA in History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University, you will benefit from learning from world leading scholars in Welsh history and also from the wider range of global History modules the department has on offer as part of this History degree.

If you would like to specialise in Welsh History as well as study the history of the wider world, this is the degree for you. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

90% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History (NSS 2020).

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 a world-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 teaching is innovative, research-based and designed to develop your transferable skills in areas such as analysis, interpretation and communication, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
  • Our subject specialisms will enable you to follow your historical interests from the medieval period to the present day, ranging across four continents, and embracing political, social, economic and cultural history.
  • As an Aberystwyth History student, you will have full use of the National Library of Wales, one of the five Copyright Libraries of the UK and Wales's leading archive repository.
  • As part of your degree, you will have the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university, to undertake Heritage sector work placements and to plan for your future career.
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
Making History * HY20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
American History skills module HY25020 20
Beirdd a Noddwyr: Llên a Hanes c.1300-1500 CY20720 20
Crime and Daily Life in Early Modern England and Wales HY22320 20
Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions HY24620 20
Gwrando ar Hanes: Y mudiad Hawliau Sifil yn America HA24720 20
Heritage Skills HY23320 20
History as myth-Making: the 'Myth of the Blitz' HY23420 20
Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
Writing about war in high medieval Scandinavia c.1050-1264 HY22920 20
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY26920 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY28520 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY29320 20
Diwylliant, Cymdeithas a’r Fictoriaid HA29320 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY20420 20
Modern American History HY28320 20
Rhyfel Cartref America HA26820 20
Stori America, 1607-1867, ar Ffilm a Theledu HA24520 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 Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY29420 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
Dissertation * HY30340 40

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
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 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
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY36920 20
Asian Migration in the Modern World HY37220 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY38520 20
Concro'r Byd: Tŵf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc HA31820 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 * WH33420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY39320 20
Cymdeithas Cymru Fodern 1868-1950 HC34420 20
Diwylliant, Cymdeithas a’r Fictoriaid HA39320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
Famine in Medieval England HY35520 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY38420 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
Rhyfel Cartref America HA36820 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY38620 20
Stori America, 1607-1867, ar Ffilm a Theledu HA34520 20
Stori yr Unol Daleithiau ar Ffilm a Theledu, 1865-2008 HA38120 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 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

Employability

What career prospects exist with a History degree?

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

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

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 valuable additions to a student's CV.

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.

Learning & Teaching

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 critical research 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

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 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. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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