BA History and Welsh (first language / 3 year)

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

Course Overview

If you would like to develop your written and oral skills in Welsh, whether you would like to write or translate, studying Welsh at Swansea gives you the opportunity to explore the richness of our language, from the Mabinogion to the language of contemporary Wales. Studying Welsh in an interdisciplinary context with History at Swansea University will prepare you for a range of exciting career options.

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

  • 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.


  • Studying Welsh (first language) provides students with the opportunity to develop their oral and written skills
  • Students have the opportunity to study a range of subjects, including aspects of classical and modern literature, drama and film, the turning points in the history of the language, creative writing, translation and work experience. 
  • Students learn how to correct their own language, how to write to a high standard and how to give successful presentations. 
  • Teaching is in small groups, which gives students the opportunity to get to know their lecturers and fellow-students as they discover the richness of the Welsh culture


  • Have a look at the Department of History and Classics blog to find out what's happening at Swansea. 


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
Optional Modules
Joint Honours History 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Students should ensure that they select 60 credits in each teaching block when combined with their other selections. Students may only enrol in one section of HIH266

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

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Meistroli
Optional Modules
Dissertation option 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select one Dissertation module from below. Students Selecting the Welsh Dissertation CY-342, must go on to select 40 credits of History Special Subject. Students selecting the History Dissertatoin HIH3300 must select 2 modules from Group A and 1 from Group B Below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-342Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
History Special Subjects 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
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
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)
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
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 2Must be taken with HIH3311
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)
HIH3333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mapping Medieval Land: Domesday Book and Beyond (2) Must be taken with HIH3332
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 WorldMust be taken wtih HIH3345
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
HIH3347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Henry VIII: Government, Society, and Religion, 1509-1547 (Part 1)
HIH3348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Henry VIII: Government, Society, and Religion, 1509-1547 (Part 2)Must be taken with HIH3347
Group A: Welsh Optional modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students taking the History Dissertation or Special subjects must take 2 modules from Group A and 1 from Group B. Students taking the Welsh Dissertation must take 1 module from Group A.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dafydd ap Gwilym
CY-333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Ffilm
CY-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfieithu
CY-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith a Chymdeithas
CY-344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Crefft Y Cyfarwydd
CY-348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Diddanwch, Dysg a Defosiwn
CY-352Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gwlad Beirdd a Storiwyr
Group B: History Optional Module selection 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students taking the History Dissertation or Special subjects must take 2 modules from Group A and 1 from Group B

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH303WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan 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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH3349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The British Atlantic World c.1550-1760
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
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


Students study six modules a year, 3 in History and 3 in Welsh.

Entry Requirements

Offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level with a grade B in History but we will accept 128-112 tariff points from a range of advanced level qualifications. International Baccalaureate 32-30, Welsh Baccalaureate A/B plus BB at A-level or Access 18 Distinction and 15 Merits.

International students, please visit: 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

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 materials.

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

Student Quotes


"O ran gyrfa, ac o ran fy natblygiad personol, mae medru'r Gymraeg wedi bod yn hanfodol imi. Yr oedd fy nghyfnod ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe yn un arbennig iawn. Fel un o'r gogledd, doeddwn i erioed wedi bod yn ABertawe o'r blaen, ond fe ddois yma ar ddiwrnod agored a syrthio mewn cariad gyda'r lle! Cefais astudio'r Gymraeg, byw y bywyd Cymreig ond hefyd, flasu cyffro'r ddinas. Perffaith!"

Nia Parry

Cyflwynydd ar S4C a Thiwtor y Gymraeg


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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.

Student Video

Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.