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Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Southampton
English

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History

Learn about the ancient world and find ways to understand the foundations of how we live today. You'll develop specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study and learn in an engaging and supportive research environment. You can also choose to spend time at a university abroad.

On this UK ancient history degree you'll study the ancient world in depth and we will help you to develop your career interests and discover ancient history degree jobs.

Ancient history is an interdisciplinary field, so you can study topics that you’re already passionate about, or choose to try something new.

Our wide range of topics cover ancient Egypt to the rise of Islam in the Middle East. You can also explore what happened during the conquests of Alexander the Great, and at the end of the Roman Empire.

Why study ancient history with us:

  • learn ancient history from experts on the ancient world (including history, archaeology, ancient and modern languages and literatures, philosophy and film)
  • gain experience of archaeological fieldwork and take part in study tours
  • develop your research and dissertation skills
  • challenge yourself by learning Latin and Ancient Greek
  • spend time at a university abroad in Europe, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Australia

Admission requirements

A-levels

AAB including a Humanities subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a Humanities subject

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in an A level Humanities subject.

or

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A in an A level Humanities subject

or

  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in an A level Humanities subject* and A in one further A level

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Ancient History: Sources and Controversies
  • Introduction to the Ancient World
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 1A
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 1B
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis
  • Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science
  • From Alexander to Augustus: leadership in the Ancient World
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Latin Language Stage 1A
  • Latin Language Stage 1B
  • Literary Transformations
  • Society, Culture and Space

Year 2

  • Ancient History Group Project

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 1A
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 1B
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
  • Arabian Nights and Days: The World of the 1001 Nights
  • Bones, bodies and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Imperial China: From China’s mythical emperors to the 19th century
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Latin Language Stage 1A
  • Latin Language Stage 1B
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Myth and the Ancient World
  • Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The power of Rome: Europe’s first empire

Year 3

  • Ancient History Dissertation
  • Reading Histories

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • A Short History of the Ethics of War
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 2A
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 2B
  • Archaeology of Seafaring
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Framing the Past:Stardom, History and Heritage in the Cinema
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Iron Age Societies
  • Later Anglo-Saxon England
  • Latin Language Stage 2A
  • Latin Language Stage 2B
  • Living with the Romans: Urbanism in the Roman Empire
  • More than Pyramids & Pharaohs? Ancient Egypt in Context
  • Presenting the past: Museums and Heritage

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and international students: £18,520 per year.

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of award: Ancient History
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You'll graduate with transferable skills, including the ability to:

  • assess evidence and arguments
  • present your opinions clearly and concisely
  • work independently or as part of a group
  • manage your time and workload effectively

Career opportunities

Our ancient history graduates have gone into careers involving ancient history and a range of other industries and professions. Popular role include:

  • archivist
  • heritage manager
  • historic buildings inspector
  • conservation officer
  • museum curator
  • museum exhibitions officer
  • secondary school teacher
  • civil servant

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