Taught course

Local History

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Credit for APL referred to relevant committee. Appropriate vocational experience may, in certain cases, be accepted in lieu of first degree in relevant subject.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MA in Local History provides the opportunity for advanced study and research into the history and cultural development of South West Wales within a collaborative, academic environment. The course is particularly relevant for those with an interest in local and regional history and how it relates to a national and international perspective. It is ideal for the continuing professional development of anyone currently working in the fields of teaching, research, librarianship and the heritage and tourism industry.

Although the course focuses on the specific history of South West Wales, it also draws upon the wider development of historical trends, nationally as well as within Europe.

The course offers focused support in practical research skills and techniques and detailed analysis of primary material. You will also have the opportunity to make use of the excellent facilities available in local county libraries and record offices. The practical research element of the course will help to develop your research strategies and will prepare you for your own independent research project. A great deal of primary material is made available to students and there are opportunities for field visits.

Within the next year there will be an option to study this module partially on line and partially in workshops, please visit the website for updates.

Learning and Teaching

The course is ideally located on our campus in the historic town of Carmarthen; the oldest town in Wales. Our Carmarthen campus was first established in 1848 as a teacher training college, today it is known for its close-knit community, its friendly staff and its naturally bilingual environment.

The MA programme is divided into two parts; you will complete a series of taught modules followed by a dissertation in part two. Students on the MREs programme will complete 60 credits of taught modules followed by a 120-credit dissertation amounting to up to 30,000 words. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase. Students who complete three or six, 20-credit modules can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.

Indicative Modules

  • South-West Wales: Agrarian Experiences (30 credits)
  • South-West Wales: Industrial Experiences (30 credits)
  • South-West Wales: Social Experiences (30 credits)
  • South-West Wales: Educational Experiences (30 credits)/or, Popular Culture
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Information for international students

UWTSD welcomes applications from international students and values their contribution to academic and cultural life. The University has an excellent reputation for the pastoral care of international students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations31
Written coursework / continuous assessment36

Course contact details

Conway Davies