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The MA in History allows you to roam periods of history from the late antiquity to the renaissance, and geographies from the British Isles and France, to Italy and the Holy Land.
Teaching is empowered by specialist Swansea University expertise, particularly in the areas of gender, warfare, aristocratic culture, and frontiers and borderlands.
You have the chance to develop a formidable knowledge base about the medieval heritage of south Wales and the surrounding region.
WHY MEDIEVAL STUDIES AT SWANSEA?
Your study will be enhanced by the influential external connections of Swansea University. These include organisations responsible for preserving Welsh historical sites such as Cadw and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, as well as West Glamorgan Record Office and the library of Hereford Cathedral.
The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our inspirational Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.
History at Swansea is rated highly by students and employers.
It is ranked:
- Top-15 for Graduate Prospects (The Times Good University Guide, 2018 and The Complete University Guide, 2019)
- In the Top 30 for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
Within the College is our Graduate Centre, designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard. It provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study.
Postgraduate training is available to enhance academic and professional development, as well as seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.
YOUR MEDIEVAL STUDIES EXPERIENCE
You will study a set number of optional 20-credit modules, before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the course.
Varied modules include an introduction to advanced medieval studies, discovering Old English, Latin texts, the Normans in Western Europe and the Mediterranean, and reading medieval manuscripts.
At Swansea you will find a rich array of research resources for postgraduate study. As well as the general holdings in the University library, the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth is within travelling distance and we work closely with the National Galleries and Museums of Wales.
There is a postgraduate common room and an electronic resources room available in the James Callaghan Building.
Your studies will benefit from an unusually high concentration of historians at Swansea, as well as the wider presence of the College of Arts and Humanities Research Centres, the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empires, and the Richard Burton Centre.
MEDIEVAL STUDIES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
You will develop impressive transferable skills around research, writing and speaking, as you build confidence in presenting your ideas in different ways.
Graduates from this course enter a range of industries including education, government, marketing and advertising. They also undertake research degrees and pursue a career in academia.