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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: UK/EU 15 Jan; International 30 June

Program description


Our courses cover the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including the United States, Germany, Russia, Eastern Europe, France, Britain, Wales, India, and China.

From Year One, we encourage you to 'do history' yourself, acquiring transferable skills so valued by employers.

You will learn to think independently, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence, and presenting your findings clearly. You will choose from a wide variety of modules reflecting the cutting edge of the discipline, taught by leading researchers in the discipline.

We have long enjoyed a reputation for our teaching, research, and the geographic and chronological depth and breadth of the History we cover. But more than this – we pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment.

Distinctive features

  • An exciting variety of specialised, research-led teaching options that cover a wide chronological and geographic range from the medieval world to the modern period.
  • Taught by leading academics, you can explore the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including Britain, Europe, Russia, the US, China, and India.
  • You will re-evaluate existing understandings of the past to create new and original interpretations of your own.
  • You develop skills as an independent thinker and learner, enabling you to research topics comprehensively and interpret original sources from a diversity of places and periods.
  • Emphasis on undergraduate research as you ‘do’ as well as ‘read’ history from second year
  • A structured skills programme which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning

Admission requirements

Typical A Level Offer

ABB-BBB. Please note Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted. A Level History desirable.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences
  • History in Practice Part 2: Sources, Evidence and Argument.
  • Voices of the Past: the Hidden History of the Ancient World
  • Medieval Queenship
  • If These Finds Could Talk: The Archaeology of Objects
  • Migration and the Making of Multicultural Britain
  • A World Full of Gods
  • Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
  • The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970
  • Making Global Histories: Asia and the West
  • Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage
  • Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500
  • Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution
  • The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present
  • The Ancient World in 20 Objects
  • Introduction to Ancient History 1: Gods, Kings and Citizens, 1000-323 BCE
  • Introduction to Ancient History 2: Empires East and West, 323 BCE to 680 CE
  • Reading Latin1
  • Reading Latin 2
  • Reading Greek 1
  • Reading Greek 2
  • The Origins and Legacies of Religion in the Modern World
  • Themes and Issues in the Study of Religion
  • Introduction to a Scriptural Language 1
  • Introduction to a Scriptural Language 2
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • The Story of Christianity
  • Approaches to History
  • Exploring Historical Debate
  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (30 Credits)
  • Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World,1714-1858
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250
  • Heresy and Dissent, 1000-1450
  • Poverty and Relief in Medieval Europe
  • Reformation and Revolution: Stuart Britain, 1603-1714
  • From Dreyfus to the National Front: France, 1898-2012
  • A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-present
  • Europe between the two World Wars
  • The American Revolution
  • From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
  • Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880
  • Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000
  • India and The Raj, 1857-1947
  • The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War Era
  • Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron Curtain
  • Europe, East and West, 1945-1995
  • The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991
  • Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541-1714
  • Dissertation
  • The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087
  • Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
  • The Military Orders, 1100-1320
  • Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399
  • Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and Ireland
  • From Bismarck to Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945
  • Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945
  • Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
  • Fascism and Anti-Fascism in France
  • Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929
  • Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789
  • Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War Era
  • Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918
  • Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?
  • Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39
  • Health and Medicine in Early Modern Britain
  • Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet Russia
  • Czechoslovakia: The View from Central Europe
  • From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American History
  • The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914
  • The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960
  • The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Experience

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

This degree develops a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Our degrees focus strongly on the development of skills essential for many careers.

The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms:

  • Year One introduces you to a variety and range of approaches used in history.
  • Year Two provides you with specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods used by historians.
  • Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop these skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the production of a Dissertation based on original research.

You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners. By the end of the degree, you will have acquired a thorough grounding in what the great historian Marc Bloch once famously described as ‘the historian’s craft’.

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