BA History and Medieval Studies (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    V130
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA History and Medieval Studies degree covers the periods of Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History and we offer modules in British, European, American and Welsh History.

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

  • Students can study for a semester abroad.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module. 
  • 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.

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
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
HIH117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Europe: an introduction
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
Optional Modules
History Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select either 1 x 20 credit module OR 2 x 20 credit modules. Students should not exceed 60 credits in TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select remaining credits from the following list. Students should have 60 credits in each semester in total. Students who select a Latin module in TB2 MUST also select the corresponding Latin module in TB1.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLH100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH145Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLH150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts

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
History Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Overall students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to the Tea Party
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH2017Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State of the Church in Later Medieval Europe
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
HIH255Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First World War: Politics, Society and Culture 1870-1933
HIH258Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Occupied Europe 1938 - 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
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
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
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy
AND
Medieval Studies Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules from the following list. If you wish to take a Latin module in TB2, you MUST also take the corresponding module in TB1. Overall students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2
EN-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH2017Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State of the Church in Later Medieval Europe
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH252Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World
HIH266BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the past: Medieval Women (TB2)Students may take HIH266A or HIH266B but not both
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Dissertation Selection 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE of the dissertation modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3031Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English LiteratureThis should be on a medieval topic.
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History DissertationThis may be on a medieval topic.
AND
Special Subject - Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE PAIR of Special Subject modules (TB1 + TB2 = 40cr). If you have NOT chosen a Medieval topic for your dissertation, you should choose a Medieval Special Subject. YOu must have 60 credits of Medieval Studies modules overall

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)
HIH3220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (II)Must be taken with HIH3219
HIH3221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (I)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3222.
HIH3222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (II)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3221.
HIH3227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (I)
HIH3228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (II)Must be taken with HIH3227
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)Medieval Special Subject. If you select this module you MUST select HIH3230.
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)Medieval Special Subject. If you select this module you MUST select HIH3229.
HIH3231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Science, Magic, and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (i)
HIH3232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Science , Magic and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (ii)Must be taken with HIH3231
HIH3233Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (i)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3234.
HIH3234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (ii)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3233.
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)Must be taken with HIH3239
HIH3241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (I)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3242.
HIH3242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (II)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3241.
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine ArtsMedieval Special Subject. If you select this module you MUST select HIH3248.
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and ArtistsMedieval Special Subject. If you select this module you MUST select HIH3247.
HIH3253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (1)
HIH3254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (II)Must be taken with HIH3253
HIH3259Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (I)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3260.
HIH3260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (II)If you select this module you MUST select HIH3259.
HIH3304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Great War for Empire, 1754-1764: The Americas and India
HIH3306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Great War for Empire II, 1754-1764: EuropeMust be taken with HIH3304
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1Medieval Topic
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England - Part 2Must be taken with HIH3311 - Medieval Topic
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part One
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part TwoMust be taken with HIH3315
HIH3328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age I
HIH3329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age IIMust be taken with HIH3328
HIH3332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes (1)Medieval Topic
HIH3333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mapping Medieval Land: Domesday Book and Beyond (2) Must be taken with HIH3332 - Medieval Topic
HIH3336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Borgias and Beyond: Politics and Culture in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) - Part I
HIH3337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Borgias and Beyond: Politics and Culture in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) - Part IIMust be taken with HIH3336
HIH3339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe 1900-1933, Part I
HIH3340Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe, 1900-1933, Part IIMust be taken with HIH3339
HIH3343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Hungry World
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 2)Must be taken with HIH3343
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry WorldMust be taken with HIH3344
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module in TB1 and 1 x 20 credit module from TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600Medieval Subject
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old EnglishMedieval Subject
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20ChaucerMedieval Subject
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle AgesMedieval Subject
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH303WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
HIH3171Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family, Sex and Intimacy in Early Modern England
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian CrusadesMedieval subject
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
HIH3318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Invention, innovation and technological revolutions
HIH3319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Violence
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
HIH3335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark YearsA Level French needed

Description

From the Crusades to the Cold War and from Renaissance to Russian Revolutionaries, discover history in all its variety at Swansea University. Our staff are especially strong in the history of political thought, welfare and conflict, maritime and imperial history, gender and sexuality, religious history, science and medicine, and  travel and migration.

Swansea lies at the heart of a region studded with the remains of the medieval past, and is an excellent base for exploring magnificent castles such as Pembroke, Manorbier, and Kidwelly, or the fine medieval churches and fortresses of the nearby Gower Peninsula.  Weblink to castles of Wales.

Students study six modules, three in History and three in Medieval Studies.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level, including a B in History. 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 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,300

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.

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

Student Quotes

 “I graduated with a First-Class Honours History degree from Swansea University. My three years as an undergraduate here were truly the most enjoyable of my life so far!  Looking back, the BA degree was everything I hoped it would be. The modules were all very interesting and highly enjoyable with a great range available."

 Cath Horler


"Swansea University enabled me to pursue my interest.  I found that the medieval world was an exciting and intriguing time."

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Naomi Davies

   

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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