The History Department is a leading centre for the study of the subject. The Department was rated 4 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, reflecting the quality of the Department’s wide range of interests in different aspects of world history.
Current research interests within the Department include:
• Norman and Angevin England and Wales
• The Mediterranean world
• Late medieval England and Wales
Modern British History
• Most aspects of British history between 1500 and 1800
• Most aspects of Welsh history
• The cultural, intellectual and urban history of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Britain
Modern International History
• Early modern religious and cultural history
• The Portuguese Empire
• Science, intellectual life, collecting and museums in early modern Europe
• The cultural and intellectual history of witchcraft
• Russia, Germany, and Austria from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century
• The United States since 1750
• Medieval “frontier” society in the Anglo-Welsh Borderlands
• Gender and the life-cycle in late medieval Europe
• The history of late medieval Italian society
• The social history of early modern religion, language, trade, science and witchcraft
• The Enlightenment, republicanism and international relations in the eighteenth century
• Emigration and urbanisation in the British Isles between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries
• Welsh industrial society
• American society from colonial times to the present
• The cultural history of Victorian Britain
• The political history of the UK since 1800
• Modern and contemporary Russian social history
• Austrian, German and Central European history, especially in the fields of urban, labour and post-1945 history
Modern Economic History
• Quantitative aspects of British economic growth from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries
• The history of economic thought from 1600 to the present
• Demographic history
• Anti-capitalist and socialist political economy
The Department takes a central role in the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict.
For UK applicants: a first- or second-class (first division) degree in History or a related subject. Equivalent qualifications are acceptable from EU and overseas applicants. Further details are available from the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor.
Scholarships and bursaries for this course will be announced shortly. Our general scholarship and bursaries web pages have a full listing of available funding plus advice on how to secure your programme of study.
The University Library has extensive holdings in medieval and modern history. It possesses electronic resources such as EEBO and ECCO. Use can be made of the Cardiff Central Library (forty-two miles away) and the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth (seventy miles away).
There are collections of local, municipal, industrial and political records in the University Library, the City and County of Swansea Archives, the Royal Institution of South Wales, and the record offices at Cardiff and Carmarthen (twenty-seven miles away).
There are extensive records at the Police Museum, Bridgend (thirty miles away).
The University is also a centre for American Studies, Medieval Studies and Russian Studies and appropriate Library collections have been built up.
The University Library subscribes to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources for the United Kingdom, providing detailed guides to British archives.
The South Wales Miners’ Library, which is managed by the University and located at the Hendrefoelan site, houses important printed and audio-visual aids for research into south Wales’ industrial history.
Computer and language courses and facilities are available. There is a well-equipped postgraduate room in the Department, with computer facilities.
Assessment is normally through a combination of examination and course work, however, you should contact the admissions tutor of your course for detailed information on assessment.
Information regarding dates and times for Enrolment can be found on the Student Records webpages.
Applications should be made through UCAS.
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