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History is an inspiring, dynamic and relevant subject. It is always expanding and adapting to absorb new ideas and ask new questions of the past. Studying history will also help you develop practical skills valued by employers, such as the ability to collect and analyse data and to construct a clear argument.

  • Although we are a relatively small School, we have experts in all fields of History from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, who work principally on Britain, Europe and the United States of America. Our research influences, and is integrated into, our teaching.
  • Our degrees are rigorous and will thus develop your skills of analysis, argument, and criticism, but you will be learning in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Staff are approachable, and enthusiastic. In the most recent National Student Survey, 90% of students thought that lecturers provided enthusiastic teaching, and 91% found their modules intellectually stimulating.
  • Our course degree is unusually broad because we aim to provide you with as wide a range of modules as possible. You can then choose what to study. You might want to look at a wide range of time-periods and places, or you might want to specialize in Medieval and Early-Modern History or Modern and Contemporary History.
  • You will often be taught in small groups, and because the School admits only about 120 students every year, staff will know your name. In addition, you will have access to various IT resources including our VLE (Blackboard), have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips or attend events like the annual Gregynog medieval colloquium, and attend the School’s research seminars.
  • We recognize the importance of transferable skills to you and your future employers, including the ability to write well and to present clearly and your ability to use a number of different IT packages. These are an integral part of the degree programmes we offer.
  • The local area is steeped in history and provides a resource for field work as well as a superb location for study. If you have a particular interest in Welsh History we are a natural place to study the subject.

History is an inspiring, dynamic and relevant subject. It is always expanding and adapting to absorb new ideas and ask new questions of the past. Studying history will also help you develop practical skills valued by employers, such as the ability to collect and analyse data and to construct a clear argument. Although we are a relatively small School, we have experts in all...

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Course Content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • HPS-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20) or
    HAC-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20)

40 to 100 credits from:

  • HXH-1002: Birth of Modern Europe (20) (Semester 2) or
    HXC-1003: Genedigaeth yr Ewrop Fodern (20) (Semester 2)
  • HXH-1004: Intro Modern History1815-1914 (20) (Semester 1) or
    HXC-1004: Cyflwyniad Hanes Modern (20) (Semester 1)
  • HXW-1007: Wales: Princes to Tudors (20) (Semester 2) or
    HXC-1007: Cymru: Tywysogion i Duduriaid (20) (Semester 2)
  • HXW-1010: Wales since 1789 (20) (Semester 1) or
    HXC-1006: Cymru yn y Byd Modern (20) (Semester 1)
  • HXH-1011: Europe in the High Middle Ages (20) (Semester 1) or
    HXC-1011: Ewrop yn y Canol Oesoedd Uchel (20) (Semester 1)
  • HXH-1012: Modern Politics in Action (20) (Semester 2) or
    HXC-1012: GweithreduGwleidyddiaethFodern (20) (Semester 2)
  • Level 4 students on this programme must take AT LEAST 40 credits from the above modules and in addition are required to choose modules that cover at least two of the three major periods of history: Medieval (c500-1500), Early Modern (1500-1750) and Moder (post 1750)

Optional Modules

0 to 60 credits from:

  • HAC-1001: Y Wladwriaeth Les (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1002: Power, Freedom & the State (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1004: Death of God (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1005: Existentialism (20) (Semester 1)
  • HXA-1005: Archaeological Principles&Tech (20) (Semester 1)
  • HXH-1005: Intro to History and Heritage (20) (Semester 1)
  • HXA-1006: Intro. to British Prehistory (20) (Semester 2)
  • HXA-1008: Intro. to Historic Archaeology (20) (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • HCH-2050: Debating History (20) or
    HCG-2011: Dehongli'r Gorffennol (20)

Optional Modules

100 credits from:

  • HPS-2001: Work Placement - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1) or
    HAC-2001: Lleoliad Gwaith - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HAC-2002: Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
  • HGW-2003: Re-igniting the Dragon (20) (Semester 2) or
    HGC-2003: Ail Danio'r Ddraig (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-2005: Work Placement - Semester 2 (20) (Semester 2) or
    HAC-2005: Lleoliad Gwaith - Semester 2 (20) (Semester 2)
  • HAC-2009: Cymdeithas, Iaith a Phrotest (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-2011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz./Jung (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTA-2111: Ancestral Landscapes (20) (Semester 1)
  • HGH-2112: Civil War: Eng & Wal 1558-1660 (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTA-2114: Experimental Archaeology (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTA-2117: Roman Frontier Society (20) (Semester 2)
  • HGH-2118: The United States, 1877-1945 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTA-2118: Field Archaeology in Britain (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTA-2120: Rethinking Archaeology (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTC-2123: Owain Glyndwr a'i Fudiad (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-2124: Heritage and Identity (20) (Semester 2)
  • HGH-2127: Europe, Early Middle Ages (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTC-2128: Cestyll a Chymdeithas (20) (Semester 2) or
    HTH-2157: The Age of the Castle (20) (Semester 2)
  • HGH-2135: Victorian Britain 1837-1901 (20) (Semester 2)
  • HGH-2138: Europe 1945-1992 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTH-2142: Americanisation (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-2149: Britannia Rule the Waves (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTC-2156: Rhyfel Cartref America (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTH-2157: The Age of the Castle (20) (Semester 2) or
    HTC-2128: Cestyll a Chymdeithas (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-2163: Nazi Germany 1933-1945 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTH-2164: Violence in Early Mod Britain (20) (Semester 1)
  • VPR-2301: 20th Century Phil of Religion (20) (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • HPS-3006: Dissertation (40) Core or
    HAC-3006: Traethawd Hir (40) Core

Semester 2

  • HPS-3006: Dissertation or
    HAC-3006: Traethawd Hir

40 credits from:

  • HSH-3139: Nationalism in the UK 1916-97 (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • HSH-3144: The Norman Conquest (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • HSH-3146: Sex&Power in Early Mod England (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • HSH-3147: Politics&Culture in the 1960s (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Students must take a Special Subject.

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • HPS-3001: Work Placement - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1) or
    HAC-3001: Lleoliad Gwaith - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HAC-3002: Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
  • HGW-3003: Re-igniting the Dragon (20) (Semester 2) or
    HGC-3003: Ail Danio'r Ddraig (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-3003: Race democracy * pol ideaology (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-3011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz..Jung (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTA-3111: Ancestral Landscapes (20) (Semester 1)
  • HGH-3112: Civil War: Eng & Wal 1558-1660 (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTA-3114: Experimental Archaeology (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTA-3117: Roman Frontier Society (20) (Semester 2)
  • HGH-3118: The United States, 1877-1945 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTA-3118: Field Archaeology in Britain (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTC-3123: Owain Glyndwr a'i Fudiad (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-3124: Heritage and Identity (20) (Semester 2)
  • HGH-3127: Europe Early Middle Ages (20) (Semester 1)
  • HGH-3135: Victorian Britain 1837-1901 (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-3142: Americanisation (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-3149: Britannia Rule the Waves (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTC-3156: Rhyfel Cartref America (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTH-3157: The Age of the Castle (20) (Semester 2) or
    HTC-3128: Cestyll a Chymdeithas (20) (Semester 2)
  • HTH-3163: Nazi Germany 1933-1945 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTH-3164: Violence in Early Mod. Britain (20) (Semester 1)

Year 1 Compulsory Modules Semester 1 HPS-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20) or HAC-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20) 40 to 100 credits from: HXH-1002: Birth of Modern Europe (20) (Semester...

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Entry Requirements

Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points for BA and a minimum 120 tariff points for MArts from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (no specific subjects required but History preferred)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • Access: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here. 

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points for BA and a minimum 120 tariff points for MArts from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.: A Levels (no specific subjects required but History preferred) International Baccalaureate Diploma BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM City & Guilds Advanced...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment involves a mixture of examinations, essays, written work, presentations and portfolios.

Assessment involves a mixture of examinations, essays, written work, presentations and portfolios.