Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

History and Heritage (Taught)

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Course summary

This course draws on expertise from across the university to provide a wide-ranging engagement with the concept of ‘heritage’ and ‘public history’. In Semester 1 you’ll follow a core module that addresses the theory and practice behind heritage studies. This is followed in Semester 2 either by a module on heritage organisations and the presentation of the past, or by one of the option modules offered on our other schemes, where you will be encouraged to focus in particular on the uses of the past in the countries and eras in question. Alongside this study you will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and experiences through a range of skills and research training modules, including courses in basic accountancy and marketing, and through a work placement module where you get to take a full part in the work of one of the major heritage agencies based here in Aberystwyth. There are also classes to help you research and write your MA dissertation, an original research project (15,000 words) undertaken by you and written over the course of the year under the close supervision of a specialist within the Department.


Year 1 Core (20 Credits) you must take the following Semester 1 Research Methods And Professional Skills In History HYM0100 Semester 2 Research Methods And Professional Skills In History HYM0120 Year 1 Core (40 Credits) you must take the following Semester 1 Concepts And Sources In Heritage Studies HYM5120 Working With History HYM9900 Semester 2 Working With History HYM9920 Year 1 Core (60 Credits) you must take the following Semester 3 Dissertation 2 HYM1160 Year 1 Options you must take at least one of the following Semester 2 The Georgian Spa And Seaside Resort HYM3720 Heritage Organisations And The Presentation Of The Past HYM5220 The Allure And The Uses Of The Past: Historical Culture In Modern Europe HYM5720 Rare Books And Special Collections ILM8120 Year 1 Options you must take at least one Research Training option from the following Semester 1 Sources For Postgraduate Research In The Modern Humanities And Social Sciences HYM1220 Post Medieval Palaeography And Diplomatic ILM4120 Information And Society ILM5120 Financial Analysis And Decision Making MMM7120 People And Organisations MMM7220

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a diverse range of assignments, including the 15,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

2i Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English language requirements

Programmes: Art; Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; Education; History and Welsh History; Information Studies; Law (Taught LLM courses); Management and Business; Modern Languages; Welsh IELTS:6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component TOEFL:93 with minimum component scores: Listening 17, Writing 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20. Pearson PTE: 62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component

English language requirement: Postgraduate Programmes (General)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for postgraduate courses starting in 2023/24 is yet to be confirmed.
History and Heritage at Aberystwyth University - UCAS