BA History and Medieval Studies (3 year)

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 have the option of studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module. 
  • Our students have an academic mentor 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)

FHEQ 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 1 (Sep-Jan 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 to bring up your total credits to 60 in each teaching block. Students who select a Latin module in TB2 MUST also select the corresponding Latin module in TB1. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
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-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Practice of History
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices - Medieval Studies 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose up to 60 credits from these modules, ensuring that you have at least 40 credits overall of History. If you select a TB2 Latin module, you must also take the corresponding TB1 module. You must take a total of 120 credits over the year, 60 credits in each TB.

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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Encounters
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gendering the Middle Ages: Power and Exclusion
HIH2069Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crusades and the Making of Latin Christendom, 1050-1300
HIH2690Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beyond Blood and Guts: Medicine from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
AND
Optional Module Choices - History 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose up to 80 credits from these modules, ensuring you have at least 40 credits of Medieval Studies. You must take a total of 120 credits over the year, 60 credits in each TB.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH2016Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America in a Nutshell, A History of Pennsylvania from William Penn to Donald Trump 1631-2016
HIH222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Spain and Portugal, 1450 - 1700
HIH240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century World
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH273Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HIH274Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIH275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Making Modern Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Society, 1800-2000
HIH277Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Selective - Dissertation  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE of the dissertation modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3031Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English LiteratureThis should be on a medieval topic.
HIH3300Semester 1 and Semester 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. These are HIH3367/HIH3368, HIH3353/HIH3354 or HIH3229/HIH3230.

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)
HIH3222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (II)
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)
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)
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
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
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
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
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 and Visual Culture: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Hungry World
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War, Photography and Visual Culture: Britain, 1990-2008 (Part 2)Must be taken with HIH3343
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry WorldMust be taken with HIH3344
HIH3353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Devotion Piety & Power: The First Crusade & the Worlds of Latin Christendom, Byzantium & the Islamic Near East, Part 1
HIH3354Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Devotion Piety & Power: The First Crusade & the Worlds of Latin Christendom, Byzantium & the Islamic Near East, Part 1Must be taken with HIH3353
HIH3364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New Deal America, 1933-1939 (Part 1)
HIH3365Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20New Deal America, 1933-1939 (Part 2)
HIH3368Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Medieval Natural World: Environments, Explorations and Encounters (i)
HIH3369Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Medieval Natural World: Environments, Explorations and Encounters (ii)
AND
AND
History Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up 20 credits from the following, ensuring that you have at least 60 credits overall of Medieval Studies modules/topics. *Note students must have A-Level French to take MLF325 or MLF325W.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH303WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Violence
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH3349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The British Atlantic World c.1550-1760
HIH3358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Changed Utterly? The Irish Revolution, 1912-23
HIH3366Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cultural Encounters, Globalism and Identities From 1945
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Russian Civil War
MLF325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll

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

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, 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 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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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