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Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History and History

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

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History and History

Study global views on ancient, medieval and modern history with this joint honours ancient history and history degree. Learn how ancient civilisations inspired modern society and examine historical empires and cultures. You can also study literary transformations to develop an understanding of past societies.

You'll look at the different ways historians have approached the past, and study different periods in ancient and modern history. You'll cover the development of historical debates, ways of imagining the past, and topics ranging from ancient history to the war on terror.

As part of BA Ancient History and History you can:

  • learn from experts in the ancient world and history (including archaeology, ancient and modern languages and literature, and film)
  • spend time at a university abroad in Europe, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Australia
  • access document collections, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers, and the Parkes archive, one of the largest Jewish documentation centres in Europe
  • learn Latin and Ancient Greek

The history and ancient history degree course combines lectures with small group seminars. You'll learn how to structure an argument, interrogate and contextualise evidence, and evaluate historical controversies.

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

  • Introduction to the Ancient World
  • You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern
  • Clash of Superpowers: United States versus China
  • Content and discontent: Culture and British society, 1815-1914
  • Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science
  • From Alexander to Augustus: leadership in the Ancient World
  • Humanities, the Human and the Non-Human
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Jewish Life and Death in Europe
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Literary Transformations
  • Pandemic, Famine, War and Popular Revolt: The Apocalyptic Fourteenth Century
  • Racism and Resistance: From Slavery to BLM
  • Sexual Politics: Gender History in Twentieth Century Britain
  • The Islamic World: Pakistan and Iran in the Modern Era
  • The Tudors
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects
  • World Histories: Contact, Conflict and Culture from Ancient to Modern

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
  • Blitzed Brits: Politics, Society and Culture in the Second World War
  • Bones, bodies and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology
  • From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
  • Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France
  • Imperial China: From China’s mythical emperors to the 19th century
  • Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
  • Latin Language Stage 1A
  • Latin Language Stage 1B
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Myth and the Ancient World
  • Nelson Mandela: A South African life
  • Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II
  • Ragtime! The Making of Modern America
  • Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
  • Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives
  • Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
  • The EU and European Identity
  • The First British Empire: the beginnings of English dominance, 1050-1300
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The Making of Englishness
  • The power of Rome: Europe’s first empire
  • Treason and Plot: A History of Modern Treason
  • Underworlds: A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present
  • Wellington and the war against Napoleon
  • Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736

Year 3

  • Ancient History Dissertation
  • History Dissertation
  • Reading Histories

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

  • A Short History of the Ethics of War
  • A Short History of the Homosexual
  • A Short History of the Populist Leader
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 1)
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 2)
  • An ambivalent asylum: the histories and memories of refugees in early twentieth-century France
  • 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
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 1)
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 2)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 1)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 2)
  • Framing the Past:Stardom, History and Heritage in the Cinema
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
  • Iron Age Societies
  • Language and the City
  • 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
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 1)
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 2)
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 1
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 2
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 1)
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 2)

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

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

Qualification

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

As a history graduate, you'll have a wide variety of employment options. You'll have developed skills in:

  • gathering and interpreting information
  • working with and leading teams
  • understanding and adapting to different cultures

Continuing studies

Many of our graduates go on to further study in areas such as:

  • law
  • accountancy
  • management
  • international relations

Career paths

Previous ancient history and history graduates have gone on to careers including:

  • civil servant
  • management consultant
  • policy advisor
  • intelligence officer
  • teacher
  • recruitment consultant
  • risk analyst
  • marketing officer
  • museum assistant
  • army officer
  • academic researcher
  • archivist
  • heritage manager

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