The Benefits of Learning About History

As you can imagine, with History being such a broad subject that, arguably, touches our lives more so than any other undergraduate degree subject, it brings with it a number of huge benefits. This means that, as a prospective History student, you can look forward to learning lots from a History-related degree but also improving your skill set to apply to other areas in your academic, social and professional life.

Conducting vast historical research and analysis, particularly when done so at undergraduate and postgraduate degree level, requires sophisticated skills. In examining the causes and the lead up to huge events, you must take into consideration a variety of factors and how all of the decisions made and actions taken may have changed the outcome if done differently. The ability to carry out this complicated process concisely and intelligently is a highly sought after skill in the professional world, no matter the nature of the role.

Through close observation of periods in history, education courses offer a much deeper insight into people and how community has changed along with the real-world impacts that events they were involved in have had on society and for how long. Having this perspective can make undergraduate level historians better equipped to understand and analyse why certain powerful people act as they do concerning current events that are important to our nation's history.

Furthermore, when studying towards a History degree program, you will learn to communicate your findings verbally and in writing using various methods. For example, you may have to write a thesis or present your work to an audience in the classroom, often using different academic styles. Becoming comfortable with public speaking, therefore, not to mention public questioning and lively debating skills, are a must.

With this eye for detail, History Masters degree students are often well-suited to solve real-world business problems thanks to their knowledge of history and economics. The advantage they have is that they can draw from their historical insight and apply this analysis and understanding of past events to an existing situation and predict the wider impact on markets based on their knowledge.

In addition to offering opportunities to work in the business world or in teaching, graduates of History degree programs can also adapt their expertise to more specialised disciplines, such as government and law. History, as you can see, is the subject that just keeps giving as it enables you to learn about the past, develop highly sought after skills and prepare for an exciting career in History or in other disciplines.

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There are so many benefits to learning about History. Photo on Visual hunt

Skills On Offer

History courses are designed to help students develop a number of important skills, with just one of these being the acquisition of important historical knowledge. Historians hone an understanding of time and learn to appreciate the culture of societies (not just our own).

In addition to this, pupils become experts in evaluating information from a range of new and old sources and evaluating their significance and utility.

Last but not least, by enrolling on a History course you are forced to make independent opinions and communicate these arguments coherently.

So... shall we run a course finder?

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With a History qualification, you can work in a museum or gallery. Photo on Visual hunt

Student Life In Cardiff

First, though, let's look at what life's like for college and university students attending universities and colleges in Cardiff.

Cardiff, being the capital of Wales, is a large and animated city with 1.4 million people living in it. What's impressive, however, is that it recently topped the list of the UK’s 'most transport-friendly cities'. Not bad for a capital city - it's music to a student's ears!

The academic region boasts three universities comprising of over 65,000 under-graduate students, 12,000 post-graduates, and 6,000 overseas students. Being a student in Cardiff is great because there are so many excellent opportunities for graduates such as graduate schemes, good entry-level salaries and many other professional incentives.

The traditional student areas in Cardiff are named Roath and Cathays.

At first glance, Cardiff is modern and attractive with impressive buildings (like, for example, the National Museum of Wales) and lovely green open spaces. The city centre is buzzing at all times and there is a range of shopping centres and arcades dotted around. What's more, there are numerous cafes and restaurants about including the lively Cafe Quarter with its eye-catching waterfront area.

There is no lack of entertainment in Cardiff: all year round you can find theatre performances, comedy shows, music concerts, food festivals and major sporting events.

Since Cardiff is situated just an hour away from the Welsh coastline, the student experience includes not only the diverse attractions in the city centre, university college pupils can also take part in some excellent outdoor activities in their spare time - surfing being one of them! Add to that sailing and sunbathing (okay it's not necessarily an activity but it's worth mentioning!) on a hot weekend and it's the all-round perfect destination, don't you think?

A home away from home or a holiday? You decide!

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Cardiff offers a diverse and fun life for students.
Being a student in Cardiff... it's not all about the revision life! Photo credit: Adam Tinworth on Visual hunt / CC BY-ND

History Courses In Cardiff

Now that you've discovered why Cardiff is such an amazing and social place to live for undergraduate study, let's get down to the nitty-gritty and look at the education side. We already know that the capital is a popular city among students, so why not find out if it offers you what you need in terms of your History tuition (BA Honours undergraduate degrees, Baccalaureate Diplomas doctorates, postgraduate study, master of arts and online courses)? You can find a prospectus for your interested university online (along with details of world university rankings etc), visiting university fairs, or going to an open day, but here's some information that we sourced simply by visiting academic websites.

Let's look at just some of the undergraduate courses, graduate programs and postgraduate courses on offer.

BA History, Cardiff University

"Course overview

The BA History at Cardiff enables you to learn about the very different worlds of people in the past and to better understand the present.

It gives you an insight into processes of change from the ancient world through to the modern period. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including India, China, Germany, France, Russia, Britain and Wales.

Above all you will learn to 'do history' yourself and acquire the sorts of skills that employers value. You will learn to think independently, assess the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and present your findings clearly. Our friendly academic staff will be on hand to guide you and provide full and constructive feedback throughout your studies.

You may choose to specialize in History from the beginning of your first year, or you may choose to combine the study of history with a subject taken from elsewhere in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

Distinctive features

  • An exciting variety of specialised, research-led teaching options that cover a wide chronological and geographic range from the medieval world to the modern period.
  • Taught by leading academics, you can explore the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including Britain, Europe, Russia, the US, China, and India.
  • You will re-evaluate existing understandings of the past to create new and original interpretations of your own.
  • You develop skills as an independent thinker and learner, enabling you to research topics comprehensively and interpret original sources from a diversity of places and periods.
  • Emphasis on undergraduate research as you ‘do’ as well as ‘read’ history from second year
  • A structured skills programme which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning"

Ancient And Medieval History BA, Cardiff University

"Course overview

The BA in Ancient and Medieval History is concerned with the European and Mediterranean worlds from the Aegean Bronze Age to the end of the Middle Ages. It aims to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of Greek, Roman and medieval societies, which were significantly different from modern industrialised societies, but have exercised a profound and continuing influence on the subsequent development of European societies and cultures and many others.

The degree will provide you with an opportunity to study two historical fields which are often pursued in isolation from one another, but where continuities and changes can profitably be explored. Ancient and Medieval History offers a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, politics, gender, slavery, kingship, religion, art, medicine and science.

This degree is designed to cultivate the skills of the historian, namely, the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.

Distinctive features

The programme provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Ancient or Medieval History at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who enter other professions."

Natural History, Cardiff Met

"Natural history is the study of organisms and the environments in which they live. This is a diverse and exciting subject that covers the study of animals, plants and their environments, along with earth and environmental sciences.

You’ll study different organisms – how they are identified, their life history, relationships, behaviour and conservation. You'll also understand the processes that shape our land, coastlines and climate.

You’ll explore the diversity of life, wildlife management for conservation, animal biology, geo-sciences and environmental survey skills. You'll also develop skills in experimental design, ecological surveying and field research techniques, and data analysis.

Studying Natural History will take you out of the classroom and into the digital production suite, where you will develop specialist skills in science communication, photography and film-making.

Our Natural History degree has a strong practical field element for you to gain key skills in a range of environments. Presently, students go on field courses to Pembrokeshire, Portugal and Iceland, and on the optional Natural History expedition to Botswana* where they learn tracking skills and 4x4 driving.

On our Natural History degree you will get to explore the diversity of life, wildlife management for conservation, marine biology and environmental survey skills. A key feature of this Natural History degree is gaining practical skills that you can apply on land, in freshwater environments and in the oceans. To develop these skills, you will go on a range of one-day and residential field courses operating in both the UK and overseas. Overseas field trips presently go to Portugal or Spain, Iceland and an optional module to Botswana. Wildlife photography and film-making is another exciting part of the course where you will develop your skills to produce a documentary.

On this fascinating natural history degree, you will study modules on Geographic Information Software (GIS) and research methods to help you understand how to analyse and interpret data collected during experiments, and how to communicate your findings to inform wildlife conservation objectives."

If you want more specific information on each of the courses available, such as entry requirements for admission, course fees, student finance, open days, life on the main campus at university, exam results, course materials, details on the academic calendar or being an international student in UK universities, then take a closer look at their faculties' websites or contact their admissions team re your enquiries.

Alternatively, for options available at other universities, then why not consider doing a Google search by subject and research courses that suit your criteria?

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