BA History with Digital Humanities

  • BA History and Digital Humanities

History with Digital Humanities is an innovative programme that is designed to allow student to enhance their knowledge of various digital technologies, methodologies and software, by applying it to their knowledge of History, be that the history of the medieval or modern periods.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 39B2
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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History with Digital Humanities is an exciting and innovative programme of study that looks to introduce students to a relatively new field of scholarship, whereby interest in the Humanities is married to various computational technologies in exciting and highly creative ways. The programme of study in Digital Humanities looks to build upon an emerging new sub-discipline that brings together experts from within computing science, digital media, and the Arts and Humanities and seeks to draw much of its innovatory energy from the introduction and application of new technologies. The programme aims to investigate how such new, digital methodologies can enhance an understanding of and research into History.

The programme will offer students the opportunity to study their own subject cover broad sweeps of time (Medieval Europe, 1066-1452: Modern China, 1650-2000) allowing students to consider how societies alter and change, the long-term impact of war, economic upheaval and political radicalism, and the rise and fall of great powers. In addition the programme offers modules based upon depth, drilling down into events and moments of seminal change (the Great War, Genocide in C20th, the Wars of the Roses, Terrorism). This combination of breadth and depth provides students with an extensive knowledge of the past. Around this core of subject knowledge we root our teaching in documentary source materials, field trips, visits to archives and record offices, in addition to the tutor’s own research experiences. This all provides for a fully rounded programme of study which grounds students in the requisite methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.

The BA is sustained by the University’s significant expertise in the various computational and technological fields needed for such a course of study and strengthened by the presence of the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (RBLA) on the Lampeter campus, with its strategic focus on the digitising of its collection. In addition the programme can draw upon the setting up at the National Library in Wales of a centre of excellence for the digital Humanities, and the imminent appointment of a Head of Library and Digital Resources, whose role it will be to provide leadership in exploring and optimising the opportunities for learning and teaching in the Humanities that are available through new technologies.

The programme aims to give a strong grounding in both the necessary technical skills and in the scholarly methods used in the Humanities and combines as such within one programme of study both practical and theoretical skills. The emphasis on practice is clear throughout the programme of study with computer skills being taught at each level of study. Other strands throughout the programme are those of the textual, visual, and material and although students are expected to gain a strong grounding in all three of these strands, there is the opportunity for students, through their choice of one optional module each year.

Typical modules include:

  • Digital Publishing and Literature
  • Visualisation Techniques
  • Web design
  • Digital Methods: data and practice
  • Digitising Material Culture
  • Beginners, intermediate and Advanced Computing
  • Digitising the Humanities: Heritage Data Management
  • The Material Culture of the Book
  • The Holocaust
  • The Enlightenment, 1700-1820
  • Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the Hundred Years War
  • Modern America, 1776-2009
  • History and Theory of Genocide
  • Modern China: Rise of a Superpower
  • The Middle East, 1917-2012
  • Medieval Documentary Source materials
  • Wars of the Roses
  • The Irish Question: from Parnell to the Troubles, 1885-1998
  • Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy, 1789-1945

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Hi-tech hard and software, IT laboratories
  • Training in computing techniques, coding, advanced analysis
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in various research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Opportunities for study visits and field trips

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, projects and software analysis, quantitative data collection and analysis, reflective journals, use of SPSS, and document analysis, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting feedback advice on a specific assignment.

The programme will require between 96 and 104 points and above or an Access to HE Foundation Degree. However each School has a dedicated Admissions and Recruitment officer who deals with all UCAS applications and who will judge applications in the round, drawing upon a range of indicators of potential and performance. In this we are keen to judge each application on its merits, and thus may well require a conversation with potential applicants (be that in person at an open or visit day, or through phone, Skype or email) to get to know the person behind the application form.

Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Museum and archive work
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Local Government
  • Journalism
  • Digital publishing
  • Digital and online writing and publishing
  • Web development
  • Business and finance
  • Heritage sector
  • Computer and IT management
  • Management Consultancy
  • Local government

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA History with Digital Humanities at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.