Welsh History (MA)

Investigate far-ranging topics and themes across early modern and modern Welsh History with experts passionate about their subject.

The MA in Welsh History enables you to explore wide-ranging topics and themes across early modern and modern Welsh History with experts passionate about their subject.

We draw together a wide range of chronological, geographical and historiographic expertise to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study, with teaching and research tailored to your interests.

You will find the enthusiasm of our academics infectious, and our proximity to major archives and resources a real benefit.

Depending on your area of interest, you can choose English- or Welsh-medium supervision for your dissertation. Some modules are available in either language.

Distinctive features

  • Flexible, geared to your interests.
  • Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
  • Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.
  • Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for Welsh American Studies and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMA
ModeFull-time
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Admissions criteria

Suitable for graduates in History and related humanities and social science disciplines

Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with a first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent to this.

Applicants with a first language other than English must demonstrate a IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Applications should include a brief statement (500 words) on dissertation plans.

We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1st August.

You take a mix of core and optional modules totalling 120 credits over two semesters on this year-long programme.

Modules include:

  • Postgraduate Research Skills & Methods (20 credits)
  • Optional modules (100 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

On successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to your dissertation (60 credits).

Dissertation Stage

You research and write a dissertation (20,000 words) on a topic or theme of your choice in consultation with academic staff (May – September).

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes (depending on modules chosen).

As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).

How will I be supported?

On enrolment you are assigned your own Personal Tutor.

We offer one-to-one time in set office hours during teaching weeks, and also welcome email contact. Additionally, you can make appointments to see your personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis about any issues. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries should be addressed to the Course Director.

Feedback

Discussion of assignments is offered and written feedback is provided on summative assessment. You are encouraged to discuss your ideas with module tutors both in seminars and one-to-one in office hours.

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

How will I be assessed?

Taught stage assessment is via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), and written examinations (for ancient or modern languages).

What skills will I practise and develop?

On completion of the MA you will:

  • Communicate ideas and arguments effectively.
  • Formulate and justify arguments and conclusions, presenting appropriate supporting evidence.
  • Modify as well as defend your own position.
  • Think critically and challenge assumptions.
  • Use a range of information technology resources to assist with information retrieval and assignment presentation.
  • Learn time management skills, how to work independently and organise your own study methods and workload.
  • Develop your presentation skills and present your work to the rest of the team and to wider audiences.
  • Work effectively with others as part of a team or group in seminar or tutorial discussions.

Graduates of this and similar programmes have gone on to PhD programmes or into careers in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic) and publishing.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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