History Degrees

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

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Our academic staff are actively involved in various research projects

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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 



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 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the government’s official measure of research capability – 64% of our History research was rated in the top two categories: 'world-leading’ and 'internationally excellent’.


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.


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.

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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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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.

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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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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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