Research course

History and Welsh History

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in history, and related humanities and social science disciplines. Applicants should normally hold a first degree with first or upper second class Honours or equivalent in an appropriate subject field. Welsh speakers are very welcome

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Benefit from our exciting interdisciplinary Research Groups and Research Centres, taking their specialisms in new directions.

The History and Welsh History section provides training and a high level of support in the historical fields of early modern, modern and contemporary Wales. Our postgraduate community contributes vitally to the research culture of the School and to the University's international reputation for research.

We offer a breadth of chronological, geographical and historiographic expertise, and the research interests of the staff range from the Normans to Communist art, from Fascism to early-modern crime and witchcraft, from emigration to the history of medicine, and from Wales to India and China.

History scholarship at Cardiff combines theoretical innovation and research expertise, creating distinctive strengths in a range of areas, including warfare and the Crusades, authoritarian regimes, Wales and the wider world, gender and identity, and medicine and the body.

Welsh history

As befits the capital city of Wales, the Department provides a thriving programme of research and postgraduate supervision in the Social, Cultural and Political History of Wales. Research in this area covers

  • the social, urban and political history of Wales in the early modern and modern period
  • nineteenth and early twentieth century Welsh emigration and Welsh communities outside Wales
  • the construction of Welsh identities in the modern period
  • the impact of industrialization on Wales
  • unemployment, social policy, social and political movements particularly during the economic depression of the 1930s
  • marriage, family and identity in modern Wales
  • Wales and the British Empire; political and social interests of the Welsh gentry
  • Wales and the Civil War and the Interregnum
  • Wales within the Early Modern British state.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
possible months


part time
possible months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084