Information Studies and History

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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Information Studies and History is a joint honours degree that covers two valuable and complementary disciplines. Humanity’s curiosity about the past and the way human societies have evolved over time can be documented through the ages by historical documentation – from manuscripts to letters, pictures to newspaper articles.

On this degree, you will be immersed into this world and equipped with the analytical, interpretive, archival, communication and research skills to help other people pursue their historical interests and find the information they need.

The Information Studies and History degree has received professional accreditation from CILIP: the library and information association.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of History (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Librarianship and Information Management (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)


Why study Information Studies and History at Aberystwyth?

Department of Information Services

As part of this degree, you will be given a broad introduction into Information Studies, taught by experts in their field. The department has a well-established international reputation in teaching and research in information studies; studying in a town with a rich information history and range of cultural organisations with which the Department has close links including: the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five ‘copyright’ libraries), the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Welsh Books Council, Ceredigion Archives and Ceredigion Museum.

Department of History and Welsh History

History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making our department the most established in Wales and one of the foremost in the UK. Our teaching is innovative, research-based and designed to train you in historical skills of interpretation, analysis and communication that are transferable for the workplace.

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 Information Studies and 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.

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.

Department of Information Management, Libraries & Archives lecturers are either qualified to PhD level or work in areas of the subject where professional practices are the focus. Many of the staff engage in research relevant to the theoretical and practical development of the discipline and the associated professions.


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.

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


On completion of the degree you will be able to:

  • understand how information is organised and used and the role it plays in society;
  • evaluate if historical information is reliable or ‘real’
  • understand how to deal with the massive amounts of information that are generated in the digital world.

You will be in a good position to enter a range of careers or further study, especially onto our professionally accredited Masters qualifications in Information and Library Studies, Archive and Records Management or Digital Curation.

Other careers include:

  • Education
  • Academic scholarship and research
  • Archive curation and management
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • National, regional and local politics
  • Civil Service
  • Police
  • Military
  • Media and the creative industries
  • Business and entrepreneurship.

Learning & Teaching

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 will be introduced to:

  • Basic skills in Information Studies
  • Key concepts for studying History
  • Methodologies for effective communication
  • Our archival heritage

In your second and third years you will explore:

  • Storing and accessing digital information resources
  • The importance of historiography
  • How recordkeeping has changed over time
  • How heritage organisations manage their collections

Choose from a long list of elective modules including:

  • High Medieval Europe, c. 950-c – 1250
  • Interpreting the contemporary heritage of the British Isles, 1960-1980
  • Crime and Daily life in Early Modern England and Wales
  • Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions
  • Culture, Society and the Victorians
  • Germany since 1945
  • Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salary Men.

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practical classes. High quality teaching and supervision will enable you to realise your full potential. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and work on projects both individually and in groups.

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the undergraduate programme. In addition to essays and written exams, you will give individual and group presentations. You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

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

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