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Bachelor's Degree in Ancient History and Philosophy

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 Philosophy

This degree will take you on a journey through the ancient world. While studying the past, you’ll tackle timeless philosophical questions such as: Is there a god? What is morality? Can there be objective facts? By combining ancient history and philosophy, you’ll gain an authoritative overview of the history of modern thought, starting with the works of Ancient Greek philosophers like Plato and Socrates.

You’ll have the choice of a wide range of topics from 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. On BA Ancient History and Philosophy you can:

  • learn from experts in the ancient history of eastern and western philosophy (including history, archaeology, ancient and modern languages and literature, and film)
  • explore philosophical questions such as ethics, reason, responsibility and the nature of reality
  • study issues such as the duties of affluent people towards those living in poverty
  • learn Latin and Ancient Greek
  • spend a semester at a university abroad in Europe, the USA, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Australia

You’ll learn transferable skills that will prove valuable to further study or a variety of careers.

Admission requirements


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*


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

  • Ethics
  • Introduction to the Ancient World
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Reason and Argument

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

  • Ancient History: Sources and Controversies
  • Applied Ethics
  • Consuls, Dictators & Emperors
  • Existentialism and its Origins
  • Faith and Reason
  • Freedom and Responsibility
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Literary Transformations
  • The End of the World: Apocalyptic Visions of History
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality

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

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 1A
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 1B
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Ancient Greeks at War
  • Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
  • Arabian Nights and Days: The World of the 1001 Nights
  • Body and Society
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Kant’s Copernican Revolution in Philosophy
  • Landscapes of Conflict
  • Latin Language Stage 1A
  • Latin Language Stage 1B
  • Logic
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Myth and the Ancient World
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Rebels with a Cause: The Historical Origins of Christianity
  • Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives
  • Self-inflicted - Extreme Violence, Politics and Power
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • The power of Rome: Europe’s first empire

Year 3

  • A Short History of the Ancient City
  • A Short History of the Ethics of War
  • A Short History of the Homosexual
  • Action, Reason and Ethics
  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 2A
  • Ancient Greek Language Stage 2B
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • 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
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • Heidegger
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr 3
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Islands and Empires in the Ancient Aegean, Part 1: Ruling the Waves
  • Islands and Empires in the Ancient Aegean, Part 2: Island 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
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Reading Histories
  • Schopenhauer
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

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: Ancient History and Philosophy
  • 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 and as part of a group
  • manage your time and workload effectively

Career opportunities

Our ancient history and philosophy degree graduates have gone into a wide range of history and philosophy of science jobs and other industries and professions, including roles such as:

  • archivist
  • heritage manager
  • historic buildings inspector
  • conservation officer
  • museum curator
  • museum exhibitions officer
  • secondary school teacher
  • civil servant
  • academic researcher
  • professor of history and philosophy of science

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