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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

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

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    30 August 2018

The MA in History is an exciting programme that covers a wide range of topics in history from the Middle Ages onwards.

Key Features of MA in History

The wide-ranging expertise of Swansea University's historians offers the study of British, European, American or Asian History. The History MA allows students to explore the history of art and culture, empire, gender, politics, religion, sexuality and science.

Students on the MA in History programme are introduced to key concepts that shape the study of history. The MA in History students benefit not only from the unusual concentration of historians at Swansea, but also from the existence 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.

History students benefit from the the College of Arts and Humanities' Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study including the MA in History programme. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

History Programme Aims

  • To acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of topics related to history.
  • To develop theoretical and methodological skills relevant to all aspects of the study of history.
  • To lay a solid foundation of knowledge and analytical and presentational skills for further research work in the field.

History Course Structure

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.

Modules on the MA in History

Modules on the History course typically 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
  • The Forging of the Portuguese Overseas World, 1415-1808
  • Swansea and the Sea, 1791-1898
  • Wales since 1945
  • Communicating History
  • The Normans in Western Europe and the Mediterranean: Memory, identity and diaspora, c.900-1150
  • Directed Reading in History
  • Reading Medieval Manuscripts
  • Fascism and Culture
  • Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Who should apply?

Students from a history or related background.

Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to history. 

Careers

Career expectations are excellent for History graduates. MA degree holders in History may move on to doctoral study or enter employment in such areas as museums, heritage and tourism; marketing, sales and advertising; business, art, design and culture; media and PR; social and welfare professions; humanitarian organisations; the civil service, and education.

Research Interests

All staff in the Department of History and Classics are research active and publish books and articles in their areas of expertise. Staff and students are members of a range of Arts and Humanities research centres: the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire, the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales and the Research Groups: MEMO: the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research and GENCAS: the Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society. Regular research seminars and lectures are run through these groups and through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) giving students including those of the MA in History programme access to cutting-edge research.

The College of Arts and Humanities also has a Graduate Centre. The Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and postgraduate taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance research skills and offers support for career development.

Student Quote

“I graduated with a First-Class Honours BA History degree and an MA in History from Swansea University. My four years of study here were truly the most enjoyable of my life so far! The lecturers, tutors and all members of the History department were also incredibly friendly and always willing to help. The History MA was fully funded by a University Alumni bursary. The range of modules available to MA students is exceptional and the facilities here are fantastic. With a designated Arts and Humanities Postgraduate computer room and common-room area, as well as the University’s very own archives, Swansea is a great place to study History.”

Cath Horler, History, MA


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

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