Swansea University
American Studies and History with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)
Swansea University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in American and Australasian studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of American and Australasian studies at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £21000 £24500
25-75 percentile range £17000 - £23000 £17000 - £24500 £20500 - £30500

Salary of all UK Graduates of American and Australasian studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22971 £22834 £27653
25-75 percentile range £19033 - £27081 £17669 - £28544 £20984 - £35668

Course Description

Studying American Studies and History gives you the chance to explore the culture, history and politics of the most influential country in the world, alongside many aspects of British, European and world history. This four-year BA American Studies and History degree with a year abroad opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by giving students transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers. As a student on the BA programme, you will be joining a subject area ranked 1st in NSS (Complete University Guide 2018) and Top-10 for Graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times 2018) for American Studies and History achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 93% in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Some 91% of American Studies graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2015), and 74% of our students achieved a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in 2017/18. Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills. They gain employment in a range of sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for prestigious organisations such as the Labour Party and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, the course can be tailored to suit your interests within American studies and history. You will be able to explore the history, literature, politics and culture, of the United States from the period of colonization to the presidency of Donald Trump, as well as a range of history topics from the Crusades through the Enlightenment to 20th century Europe. You will spend the third year studying in an American university, further improving your student experience and career prospects. Teaching on the course is informed by our world-leading research and you can attend seminars organised through our guest speaker programme. Visiting American professors also offer modules as part of the degree, and with more than 150 American students studying at Swansea each year, you have access to a ready-made network of contacts with links stretching across the USA.

Please visit our course page for more information: swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/artsandhumanities/american-studies/ba-ams-history-tv71/

We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of American Studies and History with a Year Abroad, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of American Studies and History with a Year Abroad BA (Hons) at Swansea University

20% Business and public service associate professionals
20% Sales occupations
10% Elementary occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations

Grading & Study Time

This degree programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities degree programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for American and Australasian studies

Qualification requirements

Access to Humanities Course

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

B + BB at A-Level

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

If you are an international applicant please visit our international pages for more information and details on how to apply: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study American Studies and History with a Year Abroad, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees American Studies and History with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)

England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
EU £16000 year 1
International £16000 year 1
Channel Islands £16000 year 1
Ireland £16000 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Swansea University

Swansea University was established in 1920 and is located in the large city of Swansea, in Wales. There are two campuses, the flagship campus is located between Singleton Park, with its green parkland and botanical gardens, and Swansea Bay beach. The more recent Bay Campus on the other hand is located on an extensive beachfront property on the eastern side of town, past the marina. Apart from a vibrant academic life, students can attend the numerous yearly festivals that take place in Swansea, guaranteeing plenty of opportunities for getting out and about in your free time.

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Where is this programme taught

Swansea University - Singleton Campus
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