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There’s a reason why History graduates are so in-demand from employers: studying history at university develops critical thinking, writing skills, and helps us understand the world that we live in. The Swansea University History department is a vibrant, supportive and student-focused place to learn and work. The staff of the History department are not only leading scholars in their fields but also committed to teaching and public engagement. We work with museums, heritage bodies and the media, and our students benefit in a variety of different ways, being able to take advantage of placements and research opportunities.

From the Medieval period to the modern, we enable you to choose modules across a broad range of areas, approaches and themes. You will be taught in a variety of dynamic ways, including group work, presentations, placements, projects and field trips. Our aim is to make studying as stimulating as possible, whilst also developing your skills in preparation for the workplace. Find out more about Study Abroad and Employability and Careers.

Students also benefit from how our teaching is informed by our research. Our staff have published a wide range of books and articles, and the last assessment of our research, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranked History at Swansea in the top thirty history departments in the UK for the quality of our publications, our research environment and the impact of our research.

The History student society regularly organizes academic and social events. Take a look at what our students say.

Our Single Honours History courses:

We offer Joint Honours courses with American Studies, English, Languages, International Relations, Politics, Social Policy and Welsh. See a full list of our Single and Joint Honours programmes. 

Courses are offered as 3 year programmes or 4 years with a year abroad in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA.

 

History Sample Source Analysis

Dr Gethin Matthews is a bilingual senior lecturer in the History Department at Swansea University. Gethin teaches modules through the medium of English and Welsh. In this video, Gethin delves into the history of a photograph which reportedly shows ‘war enthusiasm’ in Wales during the First World War. We learn that at a University level it is important to deeply analyse historical sources.

 
 

History Sample Lecture

Dr Christoph Laucht is a senior lecturer in Modern History and the Undergraduate Programme Director of History. In this video, Christoph delivers a sample lecture analysing the Cold War. We offer an exciting second year module on the Cold War, which allows students to analyse this crucial part of twentieth-century history and its impact on sports, consumerism, gender, popular culture and more to the present day.

 
 

History Question and Answer Session

Dr Tomás Irish a senior lecturer from our History department delivers a Q&A session. Tomas explains the structure of the degree and discusses the wide range of topics offered by Swansea University’s History department. Tomas also chats about opportunities beyond the classroom, such as field trips, placements and studying abroad.

 

Dr Richard Hall discusses the module The British Atlantic World c.1550-1760

Dr. Leighton James introduces his module The Great War for Empire, 1754-1764

Medievalist Dr Emma Cavell gives a brief lecture on the impact on Wales of the Black Death.

Historian of Early America Dr Richard Hall discusses his second year module Revolutionary America.

Professor of Modern History Martin Johnes gives an overview of the module Observing Britain: Everyday Life in the Mid 20th Century

Dr Adam Mosley gives an overview of the module Early Modern World, 1500-1800

Dr Sarah May introduces the module Whose Past Is It Anyway? Exploring the Heritage Industry.

Dr Michael Bresalier, lecturer in the History of Medicine, talks about his module From Plague to Aids: Infections in Global History.

History Study Guides

Aimed at students and teachers, these study guides examine some common themes and questions at A Level and GCSE History. They are written by members of the History Department at Swansea University.