100% of UWTSD’s History and Archaeology students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to – National Student Survey 2022.
Our History degree offers you a fascinating array of modules that will allow you to engage with the history of Europe, the US and beyond, from ancient to modern times. You will learn valuable intellectual and transferable skills through the varied assessment methods used in our modules.
By studying a degree in History, you will become critically aware of the different ways of constructing historical narrative and the great richness and diversity that history has to offer.
The programme aims to prepare you to ask and answer cogent and focused questions about the past and to pursue these questions through structured enquiry, selecting and interrogating a suitable range of materials, including primary and historiographical sources of evidence.
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
Why choose this course?
Wide range of modules, focusing on lots of different places, themes, subjects and people, from Bede to Bowie, monasteries to movies, and Caesar to Churchill
Chance to study a broad sweep of history, all the way back to antiquity through to the Middle Ages and right up to the present day
Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise, such as the cultural history of cities, commemoration of war, 1980s Britain, history-writing and memory in the Middle Ages, and Cistercian monasteries.
Hands-on approach and innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.
What you will learn
The History programme at UWTSD allows students to explore many different political, social, economic, military and cultural aspects of history. It combines a study of change over time in broad sweeping survey modules introducing key aspects of the medieval and modern world, with more focused modules on topics such as Norman society and Crusades, the First World War and 1980s Britain.
Each module is delivered in small groups and with a hands-on, immersive approach. The teaching is research-led, rooted in the professional interests and expertise of the lecturers. Students will encounter multiple approaches to and source materials for understanding the past, with a particular focus on utilising the onsite archive of manuscript and printed primary sources. This results in a rounded and comprehensive programme of study which grounds students in the requisite theories, methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.
Introduction to the Humanities (10 credits; compulsory)
Academic Writing (10 credits; compulsory)
Understanding Literature (20 credits; optional)
Talking to the Dead (20 credits; optional)
Being Human (20 credits; optional)
Understanding Democracy (20 credits; optional)
Prospective students should be aware of the following:
Not all optional modules are offered every year
Optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student numbers
Language modules are optional/compulsory/core according to linguistic ability
There are many Level 5 and Level 6 versions of the same module. Students can only take this module once; this depends on which year the modules are offered in.
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
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.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and evidence-based argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. These skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management will provide you with a passport into employment and/or further study. The degree in History equips students for jobs in fields such as museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching. At Lampeter, we have a strong track-record of helping students progress to postgraduate study – both at MA and PhD level.
General administrative and management posts; civil service.
Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
Law and advocacy
Local Government, community, local politics
The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.
Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.
Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.
Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.
Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.
We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist — by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.