1. UCAS code:
    V100
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

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. History recently achieved an excellentoverall satisfaction rating of 94% in the National Student Survey (NSS).

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 Europe, Hong Kong or the USA.
  • In the final year students take a ‘special subject’ module focusing on a topic, culminating in a dissertation.
  • 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.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

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
Group A

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take at least one module from Group A and one module from Goup B over the course of the year. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
HIH222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
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
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
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy
AND
Group B

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take at least one module from Group A and one module from Goup B over the course of the year. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-217Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
CLH216Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
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 1250-1520
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)20Europe 1650-1800: From Reason to Romanticism
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
Optional Modules
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine Arts
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and Artists
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3233Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (i)
HIH3234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (ii)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (I)
HIH3228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (II)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part One
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part Two
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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 II
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3259Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (I)
HIH3260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (II)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

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)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in the Middle Ages (II)
OR
Special Subject

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one special subject. Special subjects run across TB1 and TB2. NB: Special subjects are capped at 15 students.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (I)
HIH3242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (II)
AND
Teaching Block 1 Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3171Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family, Sex and Intimacy in Early Modern England
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Invention, innovation and technological revolutions
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
AND
Teaching Block 2 Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module. NB: Students MUST have A-level French to take MLF325.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 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
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration and Resistance

Description

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

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level and we require a B grade 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 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA Full-time £9,000 £12,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases 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

There are additional costs for the year abroad.

Please see the Studying Elsewhere: Student Funding Issues pdf and also see our study abroad web pages.

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 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. The lecturers, tutors and all members of the History department were also incredibly friendly and always willing help. This is why it didn't take me long to decide that Swansea was where I wanted to continue my studies. I am now studying towards an MA in Early Modern History with the hope of continuing on to a PhD.”  

Cath Horler



 

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