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History (BA)

The History degree programmes are all about sharing a passion for history and its relevance in present-day societies and cultures. 


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

History (BA)
UCAS Code: V100
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Ancient History (BA)
UCAS Code: V110
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Anthropology & History (BA)
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Archaeology & History (BA)
UCAS Code: VV14
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History & English (BA)
UCAS Code: QV31
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History & Heritage (BA)
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History & Theology (BA)
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Hands-on approach and innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
  5. Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.

Module Topics

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 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.


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.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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

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

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

Ancient History (BA)
UCAS Code: V110

Archaeology (BA)
UCAS Code: V400

Conflict & War (BA)
UCAS Code: 9C3R

Heritage (BA)

Medieval History (BA)
UCAS Code: V130

Modern History (BA)
UCAS Code: HU02

For all History courses click here.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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