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 2019
Duration1 year
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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.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

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 modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate StudyHST90020 credits
Dissertation (Welsh History)HST65660 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Wales, 1780s-1880sHST05320 credits
Wales, 1880s - 1980sHST05420 credits
Modern European Languages for HistoriansHST06120 credits
Skills for Historical ResearchHST64020 credits
Trends in Historical ResearchHST64120 credits
Historiographical StudyHST69720 credits
Special Option 1HST89420 credits
Special Option 2HST89520 credits
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.


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.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2019.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

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EU students entering in 2019/20 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

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