BA

Medieval and Early Modern History

Key Facts

V190
  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Spanning circa 800 years this degree scheme unlocks the history of the pre-modern world. Learn about exciting topics such as violence and kingship, travel and discovery, economy and trade and the body and mind in the period 1000-1800.

Take a trip to the past and learn about life in medieval Britain, the castles and courts of Europe and the voyages across unknown seas to the so-called New World, alongside many more exciting themes and events.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

91% overall student satisfaction on V190 Medieval and Early Modern History (NSS 2019)

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

Why study Medieval and Early Modern History at Aberystwyth University?

  • 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.
  • You will be taught by experts who specialise in a wide range of medieval and early modern topics, from the culture of medieval Scandinavia and the transnational history of the early modern Atlantic, to crime in early modern Wales.
  • 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 can I do with a History degree?

Our graduates have been successful in securing a profession in many different fields, including:

  • education
  • academic scholarship and research
  • archive curation and management
  • law
  • publishing
  • national, regional and local politics
  • the Civil Service
  • the Police
  • the armed forces
  • media and the creative industries
  • business and entrepreneurship.

As a department we are very proud of our notable and esteem alumni;

  • Glanmor Williams, Historian
  • Alun Lewis, Second World War poet
  • Tim Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire
  • Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament
  • Berwyn Davies, Head of the Welsh Higher Education Office, Brussels
  • Iwan Griffiths, Sports reporter for S4C. 

The Gregynog Undergraduate History Conferences:

As part of your History studies at Aber you will also be invited to participate in our highly-popular Gregynog Medieval Conferences. These are two-day mini-conferences held in the beautiful setting of historic Gregynog Hall, deep in the mid-Wales countryside, and designed to introduce undergraduate students to new research from current staff, postgraduates and visiting guest speakers in a friendly and informal environment.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

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. 

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.

During your three 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 themes and subject areas from across the Medieval and Early Modern world, 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.
  • You may also spend one or two semesters studying abroad at a partner university of your choice.

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 presentation, 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.

Student Views

Studying History at Aberystwyth has been brilliant. The ability to pick modules and cater to your tastes has allowed me to pursue exactly what I want. If I want to study Russia I can. Alongside this the great teaching staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge and provide excellent teaching. I can approach them very easily and they are willing to give me the time and support I need. I can ask for help with essays and advice on what to read and research. Reading is key as a historian and the Library is a great resource for getting books. It has nearly all the books you need and should the book be out you can go to the National Library of Wales. In my 2 years of studying history I have not regretted my choice once, and going into my third year I simply cannot wait!

Connor Lambert

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 is the best decision I have ever made!

Rachel Twomey

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

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 ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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