MArts (Hons) History


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History is one of the largest, most varied and research-active academic fields within the University. Our history provision spans different regions, societies and cultures of the world with modules looking at a broad array of subjects.

The essence of our programme is breadth of topic married with hands-on document analysis and investigation that provides for a very rich and stimulating learning experience.

From 1066, through to the Presidency of Barack Obama, you will be able to learn and study an historical period that you are passionate about with the help and expertise of supportive, active lecturers and researchers.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: N2B1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
4 years full-time

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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This four-year degree means that you will graduate with a Masters’ level qualification, while having received four years of undergraduate funding. This Integrated Master degree focuses very much on independent research, offering expanded opportunities for students to pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminating in a Masters’ dissertation in the fourth and final year

Like the BA in History, the Integrated Master degree can offer a range of 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, the Irish Question).

The Master of History involves a wide range of assessment methods: traditional essays and exams, and also assessments through presentations – oral and PowerPoint based, at both individual and group level – plus document analysis article reviews, take home exams, group wikis and creation of project plans. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing. To challenge the students beyond undergraduate level, students will pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminate in a Masters’ dissertation in the fourth and final year.

This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

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.

There is no one path for our Master of History graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.

However, the programme of embedded employability offered by the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Taking all that they have gained from studying History with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

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. 

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all PowerPoints and hand-outs and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Wide range of modules
  • Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
  • Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past