Welcome to the Department of History and Classics
The Department of History and Classics at Swansea University is a large and thriving unit. Our expertise spans from the ancient cultures and languages of Greece, Rome and Egypt to the history of late twentieth-century Europe.
Our staff are not only leading scholars in their field but also committed to teaching and public engagement. We work with museums, heritage bodies and the media to promote the public knowledge of history and classics. Students are able to benefit from these links in a variety of different ways from placements to research opportunities. We pride ourselves on our high-quality teaching and employ a wide variety methods that extend far beyond the conventional lecture and seminar. Our students are involved in group work, presentations, placements, projects, field trips and even making models of ancient machines of warfare. Our aim is to make studying as stimulating as possible, whilst also developing students’ skills in preparation for the workplace.
Students also benefit from how our teaching is informed by our research. Our staff have published a wide range of books and articles, and the last assessment of our research, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranked History at Swansea in the top thirty history departments in the UK for the quality of our publications, our research environment and the impact of our research.