BA History with Heritage Management
History and Heritage Management is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of the History, whether of the medieval or modern period, with various aspects of the Heritage sector and Heritage Industry, be that museums, management or heritage tourism.
The major part of the programme, History, is formed from four modules or 80 credits taken by the students. This degree scheme introduces students to History from the ‘invasion’ of 1066 all the way through to the Presidency of Barack Obama. It thus offers modules which 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 on 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 minor part of the programme introduces students to ideas and issues surrounding the field of Heritage Management and amounts to 40 credits or two modules per year. This part of the programme is specifically designed to enhance a student’s knowledge of Heritage in its broadest sense and to provide an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employment in the Heritage sector or cultural industries more generally.
Running through all the modules is clear emphasis on enhancing the employability potential of our students, notably through a compulsory work placement, and for those who wish, the opportunity to do a practice-based, work-related dissertation. Students also acquire an understanding of heritage marketing and various data management and analysis methods.
Typical modules include:
- Introduction to Heritage
- Heritage Marketing
- Heritage Data Management
- Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- 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
- Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals
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, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, exhibitions, projects work, advertising materials, and data 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, video conference and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are 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.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
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 help 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.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector
- Museum and archive management
- Education officers
- Local government officers
- Business and administration
- Heritage Administration
- Teaching and lecturing
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
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 Student Finance pages.
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 Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA History with Heritage Management 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.