BA Ancient History with Latin
95% of UWTSD’s History and Archaeology students were satisfied with the teaching on their course – NSS 2017.
This degree allows you to study the Ancient Greek and Roman world, its key events, its people and its economy, while acquiring a deeper knowledge of the Latin language and its literature.
The major in Ancient History allows students to study a wide range of modules covering not only fascinating figures like Alexander the Great, but also basic aspects of everyday life, such as ancient myths, politics, warfare (both on land and at sea) and the economic and trading networks of Ancient Greece.
Students can also explore broader questions about how Rome grew into an empire, how Sparta became the legend that it is today and how religion shaped everyday life two thousand years ago. In the first year of study, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, the School offers specialised modules on all aspects of Greco-Roman history so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you. Options are also available to study select modules in ancient Chinese History, Classical Archaeology or Theology. The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with the research interests of your tutor.
Knowledge of Latin not only gives you direct access to some of the greatest works of Latin literature, such as Virgil’s Aeneid, thus giving you a unique foundation for studying modern languages, for example French, Italian and Spanish. With first-hand knowledge of Latin, you can also explore all aspects of the Roman world and its heritage in the medieval and modern periods. At Trinity Saint David you can study Latin starting at any level, including beginners, and continue it throughout your degree.
Typical modules include:
- Greek and Hellenistic History
- From Village to Empire: A History of Rome
- Sparta: An Extraordinary City
- The Legends of Alexander the Great
- Rise of Rome: Studies in Roman Imperialism
- Infamous and Damned: Nero and the Julio-Claudians
- City of Rome
- The Empires of Iran
- Armies and Navies: Studies in Ancient Warfare
The Ancient History with Latin scheme allows you to study a wide range of modules covering not only fascinating figures like Alexander the Great, but also basic aspects of everyday life, such as warfare and the economy.
In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, the School offers specialised modules on all aspects of Greco-Roman history so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you. Options are also available to study select modules in the wider Faculty of Humanities, for example in Egyptian Culture and History, Chinese History or Theology. All students have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and conduct their own research in the second-year independent project and the third-year dissertation.
The School is proud of the wide range of assessment methods used on the course, such as essays, presentations, wikis, web pages and reflective reports, so that the assessment reflects the student’s performance as a whole. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the wider research community and are always welcome at our monthly research seminar series, which feature speakers from around the world.
We are one of the largest Schools on campus but this does not mean that you will get lost in the crowd - there is a strong sense of community among our students and staff. The ratio of staff to students means that we can offer an excellent student support network. Every student has a personal tutor, and the School’s dedicated Student Support Liaison Officer is always on hand should extra support be needed.
A degree in Ancient History with Latin involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work, essays and exams, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and Powerpoint based, at both individual and group level – creation of abstracts, reflective reports, in-house conference papers, article reviews, take-home exams, group wikis, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in a clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.
This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the Ancient History programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
Career and employment paths followed by our graduates include:
- Media and Publishing
- Business and Commerce
- Library and Information Services
- Further Study
There is no one path for our Ancient History graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.
However, the programme of embedded employability offered by the School of Classics at Trinity Saint David ensures that our Ancient History graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.
Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from outdoors sports instructors to prison superintendents, from the Armed Forces to careers in the medical environment, with a good selection of entrepreneurial spirits applying what they have learnt to the creation of their own companies.
Taking all that they have gained from studying Ancient History with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Ancient History graduates from Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to the Mediterranean to allow students to visit ancient sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
For the Field trip modules, a deposit is usually required in September/October to ensure a place with the full cost due in December/January. Payment is made to the Finance Office on campus or through the online payment facility.
Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy, at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment.
The School of Classics makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all Powerpoints and handouts and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact. The VLE helps students to revise and explore difficult topics and access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.
All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, while our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.