• BA History

100% of UWTSD’s History students were satisfied with their course – NSS 2018.


  • 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 

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Take a Different Approach to Your Studies

We offer specialist modules and courses related to medievalmodern and ancient history.

We also offer a wide range of joint honours degrees that allow students to combine History with other subjects such as EnglishPhilosophyChinese StudiesAnthropologyArchaeologyInternational Development and Global Politics and Theology

History students are encouraged to take modules in all of the above subject areas.

Students also have the option to study History as part of a Politics Pathway or Economics Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: V100
UCAS Code (Foundation): F1EN
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

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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.

The first year of study comprises of a number of core modules. These are designed to ground you in key themes and topics in medieval history (such as the Crusades, the role of the church and the origins of universities) and modern history (for example revolutions, world wars and imperialism). These will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake more specialised studies in subsequent years.

Second- and third-year modules concentrate on topics such as medieval saints, the Normans, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the history of cities, the Enlightenment, the First World War, the legacies of the 1980s and Black Atlantic culture. You may wish, however, to focus on selecting modules of a narrower timeframe to suit your own developing interests. You then get chance to harness the experiences acquired through your studies in an independent project in your second year and a final-year dissertation. 

Throughout your degree, you will examine how the past is represented in anything from manuscripts and plays, to film and music. We encourage you to embrace UWTSD’s interdisciplinary approach to history which is enhanced by the chance to take modules in relevant subject areas such as Archaeology, Chinese Studies, Conflict and War, Heritage Studies, International Development and Global Politics, Religion and Theology, English Literature, and Anthropology.

Overall, the History programme gives students appreciation of the techniques and approaches of historians and other scholars, plus a multifaceted, holistic understanding of world history.

Typical modules include:

  • The Medieval World
  • Histories and Historians
  • Identity and Myth: The Normans and their World
  • West meets East: Graeco‐Roman Interaction with India
  • The Life and Times of Caesar and Cicero
  • Game of Diadems
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
  • Urban Sounds and Visions: Cultural Histories of the Modern City
  • Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World
  • Cults, Cures and Canonisation: Saints in the Middle Ages
  • Debating Medieval Identity: The Thrown Voices of The Canterbury Tales
  • Art and Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire
  • The Book, the Body, and the World : Renaissance Humanism, Medicine, and Exploration
  • The Cistercians and their World
  • The Evolution of Satan: From the Hebrew Bible to Hollywood
  • Age of Revolution: Transformation and Change in Europe and Beyond, c. 1789–1848
  • Age of Extremes: A World at War, c. 1914–1991
  • Age of Empire: The Colonial Project and the Humanities
  • The Present Past: Heritage in Context
  • Warfare: Theory, Strategy and Ethics
  • In the Beginning was Napoleon: State, Economy and Nation-Building in Europe, c. 1815–1914
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding the Enlightenment
  • Britain and the Great War
  • How Soon Is Then? Thatcher, Reagan and the Legacies of the 1980s
  • Coketowns and Phoenix Cities: Urban Histories of Modern Britain and the United States
  • Urban Sounds and Visions: Cultural Histories of the Modern City
  • Routes and Roots of the Black Atlantic: Cultural Histories of the African Diaspora
  • Using the Past to Serve the Present: History, Historiography and Heritage in the Chinese World
  • The Difference of Gender: Modernism and Women
  • Archives: Practice and Operation (Roderic Bowen Library and Archives)
  • Putting the Past to Work: Heritage-Led Regeneration and Place-Making
  • Exploring Muslim Societies in the Modern World
  • Post-Colonial States and Civil Society
  • Population Growth, Urbanisation and Sustainability
  • International Political Economy
  • Exploring Religion in Latin America
  • Islam in the West
  • The Modern Middle East: Religion, Culture and Politics
  • The Rational World: Enlightenment and the Novel
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Wide range of modules
  • Taught by lecturers who research and publish in their chosen fields
  • Immersive block teaching
  • Opportunities explore your favourite subjects and interests
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
  • Access to primary source collections in Roderic Bowen Library and Archive
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analyses, book 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.

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.

  • Teaching
  • Local Government, community, local politics
  • Journalism
  • Law and advocacy
  • Business
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Academia
  • General administrative and management posts; civil service

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

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 fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips 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.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA History and Anthropology
  • BA History and Archaeology
  • BA History and Chinese Studies
  • BA History and Creative Writing
  • BA History and Economics
  • BA History and Heritage
  • BA History and Philosophy
  • BA History and Theology
  • BA History, Economics and Politics
  • BA History with Education Studies
  • BA History with Politics

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses