BA History and Geography (3 year)

Course Overview

The BA History and Geography degree has a wide range of modules to enable students to follow particular areas of interest.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or the USA.
  • Modules are offered through the medium of Welsh.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The History student society organises social and cultural events and has won many awards for best event or best society.  Follow us on Twitter: @SUHistSoc.
  • Have a look at our blog.
  • Vist the Geography website for more details.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
GEG103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global environmental change: The human impact
GEG104Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10People Place and Nation
GEG105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Shifts: Towards a New World Order?
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
Optional Modules
GEG100/GEC100 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Daearyddol
GEG100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographical skills
AND
GEG106/GEC106 

Choose Maximum Of 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cynaladwyedd mewn byd bregus
GEG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sustainability in a fragile world
AND
History Joint Optional 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Europe: an introduction
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
Optional Modules
AND
Optional JH BA or BSC Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select GEC259/GEG259 and GEC268/GEG268 if you intend to complete a Year 3 Geography Dissertation

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Y Byd Peryglus
GEC249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hamdden, Cymdeithas a Gofod
GEC250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Geomorffoleg Afonol
GEC259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dadansoddi Data
GEC268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Paratoadau Traethawd Hir
GEG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rivers
GEG206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards
GEG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEG211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Glacial Environments and Processes, past and present
GEG217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Creative Geographies
GEG219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reconstructing Quaternary Environmental Change
GEG221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Regional Economic Development and Policy
GEG229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Marginal Geographies
GEG230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Boundaries and Connections in Social Geography
GEG233Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geographies of disease, health and well-being
GEG236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Earth from Space: Monitoring Global Environmental Change
GEG237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Vegetation Patterns and Dynamics
GEG249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Political Geographies
GEG259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Data Analysis
GEG268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dissertation Preparation
GEL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth history
GEL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geological Record of Past Environments
Joint History 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
HIH240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century World
HIH252Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World
HIH253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the Past : The Swansea University Centenary (TB1)
HIH266BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the past: Medieval Women (TB2)
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HIH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From War to Revolution: France 1914-1968
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH272WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Credoau'r Cymry: Astudio Athroniaeth ac Athrawiaeth Gymreig o Safbwynt Rhyngwladol
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HIH274Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIH275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Making Modern Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Society, 1800-2000
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England
HIH277Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Whose Past Is It Anyway? Exploring the Heritage Industry
HIH278Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary America, 1760 - 1791
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Description

Students study six modules, three in History and three in Geography.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants ABB-BBB at A-level with a B in History and a B in Geography. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BB at A-level. Access candidates should have 18 Distinction and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Reading material and field trips.

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

“I chose Swansea University because it is a campus based university where there are lots of student sports clubs and societies, it is easy to get around and meet people, and the social life on campus is great. The location of the University could not be better; the proximity of the campus to the beach, the vibrant city centre and the surrounding parkland is fantastic. I chose History at Swansea as the course offers a great variation of topics and the modules are really interesting. They stretch from the ancient empires of China and India, to the Second World War. The expertise of the lecturers is second to none. I had a great time, met lots of people and enjoyed student life at Swansea. I now work in Events Management.”

Alistair Kirk 


"I loved my degree. I specialised for the most part in physical geography. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the world and what made it tick. And you could definitely argue that my plate tectonics education helps me fully understand the dangers of living near the San Andreas Fault! Geography helps you look at the world with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same".

Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography

(Melanie followed a career in journalism and is currently the West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine Us Weekly).


Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of History Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in History will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Modern History
  • MA History
  • MA Early Modern History
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and PR

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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