Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in any subject
Our BA in History with an Integrated Year Studying Abroad (V102) builds on the international research and teaching partnerships of the Department of History and Welsh History to offer you a unique learning experience across two different universities and national cultures during your degree studies. As a student on this scheme you will spend your first and second years studying History at Aberystwyth, then for your third year will enrol at one of our partner universities overseas. This year abroad will enable you to deepen and broaden your historical studies, study additional subjects to History should you wish, and immerse yourself in another culture for a full year. You will then return to Aberystwyth to complete your final year of studies, boosted by new skills, new experiences and new areas of historical expertise.
Department of History and Welsh History: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
95.4% of UK/EU undergraduates from Aberystwyth University who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (HESA 2017)
Why study History with an Integrated Year Studying Abroad?
- You will study for three years in a University that is ranked top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017) and in a History department that is the oldest in Wales.
- You will also study for a year at a leading university in another country, developing your historical knowledge, your cultural understanding, and other valuable skills that are highly sought after by employers.
- You will keep in touch with us during your year abroad, and have access to all our online facilities as well as those of your host university while you are away.
- Our teaching is innovative, research-based, and designed to train you in the historical skills of interpretation, analysis and communication that are transferable to any workplace.
- Our subject specialisms enable you to follow your historical interests from the early medieval period to the present day, ranging across four continents, and embracing political, social, economic and cultural history.
- As an Aber 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.
Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
What career prospects exist with a History degree with an integrated year abroad?
Our graduates have been successful in securing professions in many different fields:
- Academic scholarship and research
- Archive curation and management
- National, regional and local politics
- Civil Service
- Media and the creative industries
- Business and entrepreneurship
Our former students include:
- Glanmor Williams, historian
- Alun Lewis, Second World War poet
- Tim Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire
- Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament
- Joanne Cayford, BBC World Affairs Producer
- Berwyn Davies, Head of the Welsh Higher Education Office, Brussels
- Iwan Griffiths, Sports reporter for S4C
Your year abroad:
Your year abroad will both enhance the key skills developed through your degree studies and demonstrate to employers your initiative, self-reliance, responsibility and adaptability to new environments and challenges.
A recent Erasmus Impact survey showed that 64% of employers considered international experience important for recruitment and that studying or working abroad will increase your chances of finding employment by up to 41% compared to students who do not study or work abroad.
Heritage sector student placements
Our department has strong links with the heritage sector, and runs an established portfolio of student placements, including at the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Wales, and the Society of Antiquaries, London. These placements provide the opportunity for ‘hands-on’ experience in the heritage sector, and are available to students on all our History degrees, including History with an Integrated Year Studying Abroad.
Alumni mentoring and graduate talks
The Aberystwyth Alumni Mentoring Scheme enables you to make contact with past History graduates in a range of careers, who are available to offer careers information, guidance and support. The Department of History & Welsh History also arranges talks from alumni and other speakers in the private and public sectors, on careers ranging from telecommunications to museum management.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
During your four years of study you will develop your historical interests by choosing option modules from the full range of subject areas taught by our department and your overseas host institution. You will also be learning and applying research approaches and methods that will ready you for your final year dissertation.
In your first year you will be introduced to:
- new historical skills and concepts, and a comprehensive introduction to university-level study skills, through our Year 1 core module Introduction to History
- new historical periods, themes and subject areas, through our wide choice of Year 1 option modules.
In your second year you will explore:
- the ways in which the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time, through our Year 2 core module Making History
- insights into the historian’s craft, through practice-based seminar classes
- different topics and periods from our extensive list of Year 2 option modules
In your third year you will undertake your study year abroad in a European or International country:
- choose your destination based on culture, location or historical interests
- study new historical subjects or gain more expertise in the subjects that interest you most
- all courses taught in English
- if you wish, take modules in other subjects useful to historians (a foreign language, international studies, media and communications, etc.)
- develop and demonstrate transferable employability skills such as self-reliance, cultural awareness, independence and initiative
- Your studies abroad will not formally count to your final Aberystwyth degree result but will be acknowledged through a separate transcript from the partner university that you can attach to your CV.
In your final year back in Aber you will study:
- two option modules of your choice.
- a Special Subject, in which you undertake in-depth research, using original sources and engaging with cutting-edge scholarship.
- your History Dissertation, independently researched by you on a subject of your choice, supervised by an expert historian in the department.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Our wide variety of different learning, teaching and assessment modes will enable you to develop skills in formal writing, small group presentations, constructing informed arguments under time pressure, independent research, and working as part of a team, using the most up-to-date resources and digital platforms. The Department of History & Welsh History also maintains individual essay tutorials for all students - rare outside Oxbridge - and has a supportive system of personal tutors, providing unrivalled one-to-one contact throughout your degree.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB with B in any subject
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
28 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org