Ancient History MA HonsUniversity of St Andrews
Ancient History MA Hons
The MA (Hons) in Ancient History explores the history of Greece and Rome, and that of neighbouring peoples such as the Persians and Carthaginians. Students study the period from the beginning of Greek writing and urbanism in eighth century BCE through to the collapse of the western Roman empire in the fifth century CE. Geographically, the subject is centred on the Mediterranean world, which at times extends from the Persian Gulf to the Clyde and from the Crimea to the Sahara.
Thematically, the course deals not only with political and military history, but also with topics such as gender and sexuality, slavery, colonization, religion, cultural contacts between peoples, and the ecology and economy of the ancient Mediterranean. Students will also study the nature of ancient evidence and the way that the Greeks and Romans represented the past and reinvented it to meet their changing needs.
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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.
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Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- The Greeks in a Wider World
- Rome and the Mediterranean
Second-year compulsory modules in ancient history are:
- The Roman Empire
- Mediterranean Communities
Students can replace one or both of these modules with second-year Classical Studies modules in order to adapt the program to suit their interests. Second-year modules in Classical Studies are:
- Culture and Thought in the Late Roman Republic
- Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy
Ancient history students must take the core module Approaches to Ancient History in their third year. In addition, you will choose from a variety of advanced options, including modules from a wide range of periods that showcase different historical approaches. You will also have access to modules from the ancient history & archaeology and classical studies programs, which will give you an even wider choice of social, cultural and historical topics to explore.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Belief and Unbelief in Classical Greek Religion
- Eight Scenes from the Life of Alexander the Great
- Floods, famines, plagues and volcanoes: Roman adaptation to the environment
- Greek Tyranny
- Magic in Greco-Roman Literature and Life
- Persia and the Greeks
- Poverty and social life in Late Antiquity
- Religious Communities in the Late Antique World
- Roman Slavery
- The Supremacy of Greece: Athens, Sparta and Thebes 479-362 BCE.
In fourth year, students also undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
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.
Ancient history students at St Andrews have traditionally progressed into a very wide range of careers on graduating. Some continue their academic careers via a postgraduate training degree to doctoral study either in St Andrews or at another university. Other students have progressed to postgraduate qualifications in teaching, museum studies or archaeology.
Recent ancient history graduates have moved into careers including:
- civil service
- financial industry
- human resources
- conference management
- heritage management.
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