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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

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  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the History course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    15 July 2019

The MA in History allows you to traverse fascinatingly different periods of history, from the middle ages onwards. 

You can study British, European, American or Asian History, supported by the diverse expertise of historians working at Swansea University

Additional modules cover the history of art and culture, empire, gender, politics, religion, sexuality and science.

You will benefit from an unusually high concentration of historians at Swansea, as well as the wider presence of the College of Arts and Humanities Research Centres, the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empires, and the Richard Burton Centre.

Why History at Swansea?

History at Swansea University has an established profile and attracts great numbers of respected historians to study, research and teach.

The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our inspirational Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.

Designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study. 

Postgraduate training is available to enhance academic and professional development, as well as seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Your History experience

You study a set number of optional 20-credit modules, before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the History course.

Varied modules include historical methods and approaches, discovering Old English, Wales since 1945, Swansea and the sea, communicating history and reading medieval manuscripts. There may also be the opportunity of a heritage work placement, worth 20 credits. 

At Swansea you will find an impressive array of research resources for postgraduate study. As well as the general holdings in the University library, the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth is within travelling distance and we work closely with the National Galleries and Museums of Wales.  

There is a postgraduate common room and an electronic resources room available in the James Callaghan Building.

History employment opportunities

You will develop impressive transferable skills around research, writing and speaking, as you build confidence in presenting your ideas in different ways.

History graduates enter a range of industries including education, government, marketing and advertising. They also undertake research degrees and pursue a career in academia.

History modules

You study a set number of 20-credit modules before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in History. Modules include historical methods and approaches, discovering Old English, Wales since 1945, Swansea and the sea, communicating history and reading medieval manuscripts.

Modules on the History course may include:

  • Historical Methods and Approaches
  • New Departures in the Writing of History
  • Research Folder
  • Discovering Old English
  • The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
  • Debates and Approaches in Heritage and Public History
  • Heritage Work Placement
  • Toxic Heritage
  • The Forging of the Portuguese Overseas World, 1415-1808
  • Wales since 1945
  • Directed Reading in History
  • Feminism and Queer Activism in Postwar Britain
  • Women and Gender in Wales, c.1350-c.1550
  • Modern Medical Bodies: Major themes in the History of Modern Medicine
  • Reading Medieval Manuscripts
  • Fascism and Culture
  • Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

How you're taught on the History course

The full-time History course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

History students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.


Study History and Medieval Studies with us, our staff are not only leading scholars in their field but also committed to teaching and public engagement. We work with museums, heritage bodies and the media, and our students benefit in a variety of different ways from placements to research opportunities.

We pride ourselves on our high-quality teaching and employ a wide variety methods that extend far beyond the conventional lecture and seminar. Our students are involved in group work, presentations, placements, projects and field trips. Our aim is to make studying as stimulating as possible, whilst also developing students’ skills in preparation for the workplace.

Students also benefit from how our teaching is informed by our research. Our staff have published a wide range of books and articles, and the last assessment of our research, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranked History at Swansea in the top thirty history departments in the UK for the quality of our publications, our research environment and the impact of our research.

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Visit the History MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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