Our Research is ranked in the UK top 30

History at Swansea is ranked in the top thirty history departments in the UK for the quality of our publications, the research environment and the impact of the research produced by our staff.

Like our teaching, our research spans from the early Middle Ages to the recent past. We work on the histories of America, Asia, Europe, the UK and Wales. We tackle big themes such as migration, gender, race, war and nationalism but also the lives of individual peoples and communities. We study the past on its own terms but also how it has shaped the modern world.

Our research feeds into our teaching, ensuring students benefit from the latest scholarship and from being taught by leading experts and authors. We are home to a vibrant postgraduate community who are an integral part of our research activities. Our undergraduates are researchers too, producing dissertations in their final year that are often pieces of outstanding original scholarship and the best have been published in a variety of different formats.

We are committed to ensuring our research has an impact in and outside academia. Every year Swansea historians publish books and articles, appear on television and radio, and give talks at conferences, festivals, and international research events. We work with community groups helping them research their histories. We work with policy makers in education and heritage contributing to decision making and our shared futures. Our research has formed the basis of museum exhibitions and radio and television programmes that have reached millions.

You can learn more about our research activities at our blog. There you will find news about our latest publications and events and reflections on historical topics and studying on the past from both staff and students.”


Historian discusses working in the campus archives

Martin Johnes - Hair loss in the late Victorian period