1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview


The MA in History is an exciting programme that covers a wide range of topics from the Middle Ages onwards.

Key Features

The wide-ranging expertise of Swansea University's historians offers the study of British, European, American or Asian History. The MA allows students to explore the history of art and culture, empire, gender, politics, religion, sexuality and science.

Students are introduced to key concepts that shape the study of history. Students on the MA benefit not only from the unusual concentration of historians at Swansea, but also from the existence of the College of Arts and Humanities Research Centres, the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empires and the Richard Burton Centre.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Have a look at the History and Classics blog for news and further information.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

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Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take HI-M01 OR HI-M38. You may take both if you wish

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HI-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Historical Methods and Approaches
HI-M38Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New Departures in the Writing of History
Optional Module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficent modules to bring your credit total up to 60. If selecting 2 modules -select one module in the first teaching block, and one in the second teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M76Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
HIHM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debates and Approaches in Heritage and Public History
HIHM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Heritage Work Placement
HI-M50Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Themes and Debates in Early Modern History
HI-M56Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Empire, Slavery and Liberty in the British Atlantic World, 1584-1808
HI-M62Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Swansea and the Sea, 1791-1898
HI-M70Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Wales since 1945
HI-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Communicating History
HI-M79Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Normans in Western Europe and the Mediterranean: Memory, identity and diaspora, c.900-1150.
HI-M80Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Directed Reading in History
HI-M80Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Directed Reading in History
HIMM00Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Medieval Manuscripts
HIMM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches
HIMM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 2: Themes and Sources
ML-M10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
MSJM41Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary War Reporting


The full-time course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

Students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in History or a relevant discipline, normally an upper second or above or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

How To Apply

Applying Online is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application. You can upload your documents via the online system which will enable us to make a faster decision on your application.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,600 £14,400
MA Part-time £3,300 £7,200
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

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.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Student Quote

“I graduated with a First-Class Honours BA History degree and an MA in History from Swansea University. My four years of study here were truly the most enjoyable of my life so far! The lecturers, tutors and all members of the History department were also incredibly friendly and always willing to help. The MA was fully funded by a University Alumni bursary. The range of modules available to MA students is exceptional and the facilities here are fantastic. With a designated Arts and  Humanities Postgraduate computer room and common-room area, as well as the University’s very own archives, Swansea is a great place to study History.”


Cath Horler


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