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BA in Medieval and Early Modern History (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Modern History

Course Description

The Medieval and Early Modern History degree scheme is designed to enable you to pursue and develop your interests in pre-modern history. It allows you to travel beyond the increasingly limited syllabus offered by the National Curriculum and take advantage of the wealth of expertise in medieval, early modern and eighteenth-century history that exists within the Department of History and Welsh History.

  • 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.
  • You will be taught by experts who specialise in medieval and early modern history. Discover more on our module tab further down on this page. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Medieval and Early Modern History degree scheme is designed to enable you to pursue and develop your interests in pre-modern history. It allows you to travel beyond the increasingly limited syllabus offered by the National Curriculum and take advantage of the wealth of expertise in medieval, early modern and eighteenth-century history that exists within the Department of History and...

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Course Content

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.

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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

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

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 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%...

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Assessment Methods

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.

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...

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