M.A. History of Wales

Aberystwyth University | Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
The MA History of Wales is the flagship Masters programme of the Department of History and Welsh History, as the world’s leading centre of teaching and research in Welsh history from the medieval to the modern period. It offers you the opportunity to explore the history of Wales from a variety of thematic and chronological perspectives, to develop your research skills in Welsh history (including Welsh language tuition), and to pursue your own research project in an aspect of Welsh history under expert supervision from a specialist in the field.
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Description of History of Wales

Our Masters program me in the History of Wales draws on the unrivalled expertise of our team of Welsh historians in the department to offer a degree scheme suitable both for those who have studied Welsh History in the past an those for whom it is a new field of study.

The scheme is taught through six 20-credit modules, mostly taught in small-group seminars, which cover key aspects of your subject area as well as research training to enable you to conduct your own research.

In semester 1, you'll follow a core module which introduces you to key themes and debates in Welsh history. This is followed n semester 2 by a range of options covering topics in Welsh history from the medieval to the modern period.

Alongside this study you will benefit from specialist research training tailored to your particular research interests: for instance, palaeography; the use of public opinion data or private correspondence; visual and sound medial newspaper and broadcast sources; oral history, etc., as well as tuition in the Welsh language.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Applications recevied all year. Deadlines for funding and accommodation do apply.
Tuition fee

£4600 (EU); £10750 (Non EU)

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Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

This MA is intended to provide an opportunity for advanced study of key themes in the history of Wales, together with preparation and completion of a substantial piece of original research in the field. The structure of this MA course provides for two compulsory Core modules (30 credits each), and a choice of any two Option modules (30 credits each) from a list of several modules in Part One (120 credits in total), with one Dissertation module of 60 credits in Part Two.

Core Modules

  • Theory and Methodology
  • Dissertation 1

Option Modules:

  • Tradition and Innovation in Welsh Society and Culture
  • Landownership and Society in Wales
  • Class and Community in Wales 1850-1939
  • Political Institutions and Welsh Society 1880-1980
  • Political Culture and the Popular Press in Wales

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for History of Wales

The minimum basic entry requirement for a Masters degree is normally an Honours Degree (Class 2 Division 1) or equivalent. Prospective Masters students should ensure that they have arranged with referees for their references to be available as required.

Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency with required minimum proficiency levels equating to an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum 5.5 in each component.

Work Experience for History of Wales

No work experience is required.

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