Taught course

History of Wales

Aberystwyth University · Department of History and Welsh History

Entry requirements

2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA History of Wales is this department’s flagship Masters programme, as a 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.

This course 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 and those for whom it is a new field of study.

Why study MA History of Wales at Aberystwyth University?

  • Study just five minutes away from one of five UK copyright libraries, the National Library of Wales, home to a multitude of sources for Welsh history, from the medieval period onwards, including estate, court and church records, maps, photographs, newspapers, private archives of many leading figures in Welsh history, the Welsh Political Archive and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales
  • Aberystwyth has a long tradition of publishing key works in the history of Wales and many prominent Welsh historians have taught here
  • History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain
  • Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
  • All our lecturers are active researchers who publish their work
  • Benefit from small group teaching
  • Possibility of undertaking a work placement as part of this course with an institution that engages on a daily basis with history (contact the Department for more information)

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Information for international students can be found here: Information for International Students : Aberystwyth University

Fees and funding

For funding available to UK students: UK Students : Study With Us , Aberystwyth University

For funding available to International students: International Students : Study With Us , Aberystwyth University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1970 622270