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

  • Students can take a study trip or field project module. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or the USA.
  • In the final year students take a ‘special subject’ module focusing on a topic, culminating in a dissertation.
  • 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
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
Optional Modules
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Optional Module only required if student is NOT TAKING LATIN OR GREEK. Language modules must be taken in pairs i.e. ML*140 and ML*141

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 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
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Crucible of Defeat: Wessex in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 1
HIH3356Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crucible of Defeat: Wessex in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 2
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies of Heaven: the First Crusade and its Historians, Part I
HIH3354Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Armies of Heaven: the First Crusade and its Historians, Part II
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

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 Medieval England - Part 2
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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)
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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)
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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: Europe
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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 II
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

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
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

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

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

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
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 2)
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Hungry World
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry World
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE Special Subject pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3359Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Towns and Cities in Modern Britain Part 1
HIH3360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Towns and Cities in Modern Britain part 2
AND
History- Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20cr module in TB1 and 1 x 20cr module in TB2

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
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
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
HIH3357Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes
HIH3358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Changed Utterly? The Irish Revolution, 1912-23
HIH3361Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vikings, Monks and Conquest: Britain in Europe, 1000-1200 A.D.
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 Years
MLF325WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll

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 standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B in History. 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 2017/18 are as follows:

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

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

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 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



 

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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