BA History and Heritage Studies


  • History & Heritage Studies

History and Heritage studies is a degree programme 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, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management or tourism.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 529B
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The programme of History and Heritage Studies, will offer students the opportunity to study their own subject, covering 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, the Irish Question).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.

Alongside this students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly-based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Museums
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Building & Architectural History
  • 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
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation of buildings

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Close relationships with experts in the sector
  • 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 and palaeographic work, 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.

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 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.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Local Government
  • Law
  • Education officers
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

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 and Heritage Studies 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.