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Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History and Archaeology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History and Archaeology

Learn about the ancient world and find ways to understand the foundations of how we live today. On BA Ancient History and Archaeology, you'll develop specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study and learn in an engaging and supportive research environment. Your research and archiving skills will prepare you for further study, or for a variety of career options. These include heritage management and archaeological research.

Studying archaeology and ancient history will give you an insight into both subjects and you'll be able to explore the topics that interest you through optional modules.

You'll have the choice of a wide range of historical topics, from Ancient Egypt to the rise of Islam in the Middle East. You can also learn what happened during the conquests of Alexander the Great and at the end of the Roman Empire.

The complementary subject of archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains. These include buildings, monuments, artefacts, biological remains, written sources and landscape. On this ancient history and archaeology degree you can:

  • learn from experts in the ancient world (including history, archaeology, ancient and modern languages and literatures, philosophy and film)
  • use cutting-edge technology to discover and map new sites, or develop research skills
  • do at least 3 weeks of field work, including excavating archaeological sites or collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields
  • challenge yourself by learning Latin and Ancient Greek

Admission requirements


AAB to ABB including a Humanities subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a Humanities subject


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


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


  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA to AB to include an A level Humanities subject

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 and Medieval Worlds
  • Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis
  • Introduction to the Ancient World
  • The development of Archaeological and Anthropological Thought

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

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • 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
  • Literary Transformations
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology
  • Professional and Academic Practice in Archaeology

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
  • Critical Chronologies: Archaeological dating
  • Digging Data: quantitative data analysis in Archaeology
  • Human Dispersal and Evolution
  • Imperial China: From China’s mythical emperors to the 19th century
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Introduction to European Prehistory
  • 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
  • Archaeology Dissertation

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
  • Ecology of human evolution: biological, social and cultural approaches to hominin adaptations.
  • 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
  • GIS for Archaeology
  • 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
  • Molecular Archaeology
  • More than Pyramids & Pharaohs? Ancient Egypt in Context
  • Photogrammetry and Data Visualisation in Archaeology
  • Presenting the past: Museums and Heritage
  • Reading Histories
  • Specialist Research Topic in Archaeology
  • Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Archaeology and 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 graduates have secured roles including:

  • academic librarian
  • archaeologist
  • archivist
  • heritage manager
  • historic buildings inspector
  • museum curator
  • secondary school teacher
  • civil servant

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