BA Modern History and International Relations (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    LV2C
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The Modern History and International Relations programme covers the history of the British Isles, Asia and the Americas and provides students with a detailed understanding of the international political system, key issues and an appreciation of the global dynamics at work.

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.
  • Modern History includes the study of political, social, cultural and military aspects of history.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module focusing on a specific region or place to investigate historical problems in their original topographical context.
  • Have a look at the Department of History and Classics blog to find out what's happening at Swansea.
  • Modern History and International Relations students can have a semester abroad in Hong Kong and the USA.
  • ‘Internship Module’ (PO3118) is a Level 3 module, open to Modern History and International Relations.  The internships are for 100 hours and are offered across a diverse range of sectors: local government, the media, the third sector.
  • 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.

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
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: American Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module from TB1 amd two modules from TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in American Politics
AM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
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
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-234Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Elections and Voting
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2 (PO-327)
Optional Modules
International Relations Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PO-3000Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
AND
History Optional 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
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
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
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
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
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
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark YearsYou must have A-level French in order to take this module
AND
History Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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

Choose Exactly 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)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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)
OR
History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
AND
History Option 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
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
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
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
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
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 YearsYou must have A-level French in order to take this module
AND
International Relations Optional 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
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
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

Description

Students study six modules, three modules in Modern History and three in International Relations.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in A-level 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

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

“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


"My degree is fantastic. I have learnt so much about international relations and developed valuable essay writing skills. The IR Professors are very helpful especially when I need help as English is not my native language. I would say that so far my experience as a student in IR is self-fulfilling and very interesting and Swansea University is the right place to study this course. After graduating, I intend to study an MA in international affairs. My dream would be to work for the UN."

Salma El Hankouri


 

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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