Ancient History & Archaeology MA Hons
The MA (Hons) in Ancient History & Archaeology explores the civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean through the evidence of their material remains. The course ranges across the whole of the ancient Mediterranean and focuses on the period stretching from the early first millennium BCE to Late Antiquity. The Greeks and Romans are the main focus of the course, but there are opportunities to study the lives of their neighbours too, including peoples such as the Persians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Etruscans. This degree will take you to the heart of key debates on all areas of life in the ancient Mediterranean, including urbanism, religion, trade, warfare, colonisation, ecology and cultural identity.
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- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- The Greeks in a Wider World
- Rome and the Mediterranean
- The Roman Empire
- Mediterranean Communities
You can also take this interdisciplinary second-year module:
- Introduction to Archaeology
If you decide to take ancient history and archaeology in your third and fourth years, you will take the following compulsory third-year module:
- Principles and Techniques in Archaeology
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Art of the Roman Empire
- Cities and Urban Life in Late Antiquity (300-700 CE)
- From Pompeii to Aquileia: The Archaeology of Roman Italy (50 BCE – 300 CE)
- Greek Painted Pottery
- In the Footsteps of the Ancients: Exploring the Archaeology and Topography of Greece
- The Arcaheology of Minoan Crete
- The Archaeology of Roman Britain
- The Ancient City of Rome
- The Roman Army.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
In addition to lectures and tutorials, students are expected to undertake substantial independent, but guided, work outside of the classroom. Typically, this will involve:
- reading ancient source material in translation
- reading journal articles and books
- working on individual projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Archaeology courses at St Andrews do not provide the full training in British archaeology appropriate for someone set on working in professional or commercial archaeology in the UK. Nevertheless, recent graduates have gone on to work as professional archaeologists while others have taken professional qualifications in museum studies.
Popular career areas for students who have taken ancient history and archaeology include:
- libraries and information
- museums and heritage
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