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History with Welsh History (BA)

  • V1V2

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Cardiff, as capital city of Wales, is the most appropriate site for the study of Welsh History. This degree offers a unique opportunity to specialise in aspects of Wales’s past alongside the study of wider themes and periods. It allows you to place Wales in context, but also to reflect upon Wales’s contributions to broader historical developments.

The dynamic and contested history of modern Wales is a particular area of teaching strength at Cardiff. The department has internationally-renowned specialists offering courses in areas such as Welsh migration in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the inter-war Depression and the impact of socialist thought. Another area of expertise is early modern Wales, where the subjects covered include the nature of Welsh identity in a period of political and religious upheaval and the nature of crime and punishment. Distinctively, this degree allows you to develop your own research agenda for exploring Welsh history and historical writing through independent study in the second and third years.

History with Welsh History allows you to ‘do history’ yourself, and 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 orally and in well-written, lucid prose.

Key Facts

UCAS Code V1V2
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available The School admits 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received 1,650
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer AAA / AAB
Admissions Tutors Dr Lloyd Bowen
Tel Number 029 2087 6284
Email address
School website

This is a three year long degree programme comprising of core modules as well as optional modules for you to select from in order to tailor your degree to meet your interests.

Year One

The First Year provides a graduated transition to studying history at degree level, and offers instruction in the skills, techniques and arguments that you will use in your other courses.

Year One - Core modules

  • History in Practice
  • Early Modern England & Wales
  • Modern Wales

In addition, you can take further courses in History or from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, thereby developing the range of skills and knowledge required of the historian.

Options include

  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval Europe
  • Making of the Modern World

Year Two

Year Two - core modules

  • Approaches to History
  • Exploring Historical Debate

Year Two – optional history modules

  • History & ICT: A Guided Study Migrant Wales
  • France 1870–1968
  • Managing the Mind: Psychiatry, Psychology and British Culture, 1800-2000
  • A Great Leap Forward: China Transformed, 1840-present
  • Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1918-1975
  • From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
  • India & the Raj 1857-1947
  • A Warfare State? Britain, Science and Policy, 1900-1970
  • Europe East and West
  • The Soviet Union 1917-1991: A new civilisation?
  • British Expansion Overseas 1870-1945
  • Radicalism, Anti-Capitalism and Chartism
  • The Soviet Union and the Cold War, 1945-1991
  • Into the Vortex: Britain & the First World War
  • Medicine and Society

Year Two – optional Welsh history modules

  • The Normans in Britain 1050 – 1200
  • Blood and Honour: The Viking Age in the West
  • Migrant Wales
  • Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru
  • From King to Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939 - 2000

Year Three

In your Final Year, you take three advanced option modules, and may, if you wish, choose to specialise in terms of period, approach or geographical area. You also write a dissertation based on original sources. The Dissertation represents, in many ways, the culmination of the experience of "doing history" at Cardiff, and enables you to gain genuine research experience and develop the skills needed to research an historical problem and present your findings in a critical, analytical and coherent study.

Year Three – optional history modules

  • From Bismarck to Goebbels: Biography and German History 1870–1945
  • German's New Order
  • Britain and the Integration of Europe, 1940-1970
  • Conflict, Coercion, and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China, 1911-1945
  • Politics, Economics and Strategy: Britain’s European dilemma 1951-75
  • Fascism and Antifascism in France
  • Race, Sex & Empire: India 1757-1929
  • Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918
  • Sosialaeth, Cymdeithas a Gwleidyddiaeth ym Mhrydain 1880-1918
  • Culture, Society and Identity in Wales 1847-1914
  • Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39
  • British Social History, 1918-1951
  • From Lenin to Stalin: The Rise and Fall of the Comintern 1919-43
  • Britain and Empire
  • The Soviet Union and the Third World, 1955-85
  • War, Liberation and Reconstruction: Europe, 1939-51
  • Joseph Goebbels and National Socialism
  • Women, Health and Medicine in Britain 1870-1980
  • The Dangerous City? Urban Society & Culture 1800-1914

Year Three – optional Welsh history modules

  • Culture, Society and Identity in Wales 1847 – 1914
  • Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918 – 39
  • Identity and the British State: Wales, 1485 - 1660

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


History at minimum of grade B. Not including General Studies

Typical WBQ Offer Grade A 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

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

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 enter employment in related fields, such as museum work, and others 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

School Contact

Name: Mrs Lisa Watkins  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74313 



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