3 years (Full-time) / Options available please contact the Admissions Tutor. (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
BA History at Cardiff enables you to learn about the very different worlds of people in the past and to better understand the present. It gives you an insight into the process of change from ancient Greece and Rome, through the medieval to the modern periods. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, from India and China, through Germany and France, to Britain, Wales and Cardiff.
Above all you will learn to ‘do history’ yourself, and will thus acquire the sorts of skills that employers prize. You will learn to think independently, and to analyse and assess a body of material, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and present your conclusions in well-written, lucid prose, as well as verbally. Our friendly academic staff – all of whom are internationally reputed, published historians – will be on hand to guide you and provide feedback on your performance.
You may choose to specialize in History from the beginning of your first year, or you may choose to combine the study of history with a subsidiary subject taken from elsewhere in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. These subjects may include Archaeology, Politics, English Literature, Sociology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Languages, and more.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Typical places available||c.80 students each year.|
|Typical applications received||800|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||AAA / AAB|
|Admissions Tutors||Professor Kevin Passmore|
|Tel Number||029 2087 4313|
BA History is a three year degree programme. It is structured so that you acquire in successive years the knowledge and skills required to become an independent researcher, equipped for high-level professional employment.
Core Module in Year One:
- History in Practice
Typical Optional Modules in Year One:
- Medieval Europe
- Modern Wales
- The Making of the Modern World
- Early Modern England and Wales
A selection of Year Two courses:
- Approaches to History
- History and ICT: A Guided Study
- War, Peace and Diplomacy
- Warfare in the Byzantine World
- Heresy and Dissent 1000-1450
- Exploring Historical Debate: An Independent Study
- ‘The Devil’s Brood’: The Angevin Kings of England, 1154-1272
- Migrant Wales 1790-1939
- The British Civil Wars, C.1640-1660
- France since 1898: From Dreyfus to the National Front
- Revels and Riots: Popular Culture in Early Modern England
- A Great Leap Forward: China Transformed 1840-Present
- From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
- Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880
- India and the Raj 1857-1947
- A Warfare State? Britain, Science and Policy, c.1900-1970
- Europe East & West, 1945-1995
- Into the Vortex: Britain & the First World War
- Party and Politics: Britain since 1867
- Making Empires: Britain and the World
- Medicine & Modern Society, 1750-1919
- The Later Roman Empire AD 284-602
- Modern Japan, from the nineteenth century to the present day
- Managing the Mind: Psychiatry, Psychology and British Culture, 1800-2000
A Selection of Year Three courses:
- Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
- The Military Orders, 1100-1320
- Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399
- Slavery and Sin
- Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and Ireland
- From Bismarck to Goebbels: Biography and German History, 1870-1945
- Germany’s New Order in Europe, 1933–1945
- Glimpses of the unfamiliar: travellers to Japan from 1860 to the postwar era
- Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
- Politics, Economics and Strategy: Britain's European Dilemma 1951-1975
- Fascism & Antifascism in France, 1934-1945
- Race, Sex and Empire: India 1765-1929
- Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918
- Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1880-1979
- Culture, Society and Identity in Wales 1847-1914
- Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1919-39
- The Dangerous City?
- Women, Health and Medicine in British Society, 1870-1980
*The modules available can change from year to year depending upon staff and teaching schedules, and are not guaranteed.
History at Cardiff is an exciting, cutting edge degree that teaches you to become an independent learner and researcher under the guidance of our approachable academic staff.
A major difference between School and University is that you will prepare for classes through independent, guided reading and writing, contribute to informed discussion, and produce your own, reasoned conclusions, backed by evidence.
Most History modules are taught through a combination of lectures, private study, seminars and individual feedback. Lectures, usually one per week, provide guidance concerning the issues and problems to be followed up in your own reading and writing. For each seminar you will do six to eight hours of preparation, and in the session itself you will use the knowledge thus acquired to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will also receive feedback on them from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument of your own, backed by evidence. Again, you will receive individual feedback from lecturers, in writing and orally.
Core courses in Years One and Two usually comprise weekly lectures, supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. In Year Two and especially Year Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week.
You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses.
Our courses are the product of rigorous design work and of continuous re-evaluation. Academics staff, students and outside experts work together to ensure that degree schemes meet quality standards in their disciplines. Student representatives play a full part in the Departmental Board of Studies and its Working Groups.
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress. Every member of staff has weekly office hours in which you may seek further support. The University and Students Union also offer a range of advice and counselling services.
Welsh language teaching
The department provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in Years Two and Three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.
|Typical A-level Offer||
AAA / AAB
History at minimum of grade B. Not including General Studies
|Typical WBQ Offer||Pass in the Core, with an AA at A-level to include History|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||32-36 points, including scores of 5/4 at Higher Level|
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
History Graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment, including teaching, journalism, the law, television research, the military, and personnel management. Some graduates choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.
Cardiff University gives its graduates the best opportunities to find employment. History students are able to attend interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help identify their skills and attributes.
In 2010, 62% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while a further 22% were engaged in further study.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Mrs Lisa Watkins
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74313