History Degrees

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Study a variety of histories; political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural


History at USW is rated top in Wales for teaching, learning opportunities, learning resources - NSS 2023

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Customise parts of your degree and specialise in areas that interest you the most

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Undertake a work-based learning module to gain work experience 


Explore Global Histories

History degrees at USW provide the opportunity to study a variety of histories, political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural from British and European history, the Americas from the colonial period to the present, and aspects of global history from Cuba to China.

We place emphasis on developing your skills in gathering and evaluating evidence, and learning how to build arguments that are rational and well presented. You’ll be taught by staff who are internationally recognised researchers. This informs what you learn in the classroom, so you’ll benefit from the latest historical findings and prepare you for a wide range of jobs.

History is one of the University’s most successful research areas. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework – the government’s official measure of research capability – 74% of our History research was rated in the top two categories: 'world-leading’ and 'internationally excellent’, and 100% of our research impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent (4* / 3*).

Top five in UK for assessment in History (Guardian University Guide 2024).

Top in Wales for teaching and assessment in History (Guardian University Guide 2024).

Expert Lecturers

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Our History degrees ensure students gain verifiable digital skills, including use and production of podcasting, blogging, and geomapping. Our academic staff are all actively involved in research from early modern magic to USA in the 1960s, so you’ll be taught by staff who are at the forefront of their specialist fields.

Make your own History

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History at USW is delivered through blended learning – using classroom teaching with option for live streaming; ensuring our students stay connected Our History degrees allow you to customise parts of your second and third year modules, allowing you to specialise in areas that interest you the most, whether that might be witchcraft, women in modern Britain or America in the Sixties, there is plenty to choose from.

Work Placements

Work placements

Students on our History degrees can choose to undertake a work-based learning module to gain experience as part of their degree, supported by specialist careers advisers. Students have gained experience working at schools and museums in the local area and placements can be suited to your individual interests.

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Research with Impact

USW's history research is ranked joint first in the UK for its world leading or internationally excellent real-life impact. 

Learn more about how USW’s History research makes a difference in the real world, changing lives, and the world, for the better.


Explore South Wales

The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.

With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. 

We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.

Experience South Wales


Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.  For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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Put Theory into Practice

A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.

From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.

Jake McDonald from Cardiff achieved his MA by Research (History) degree in December 2019.


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Make friends for life, try out lots of new things and become more independent than ever before. 



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