BA Ancient History

  • Ancient History

If you want to know about the history of the Ancient Greek and Roman world, then a degree in Ancient History is for you. This degree allows you to study a wide range of topics covering not only key events and people but also major themes such as warfare and the economy.


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Key Facts

UCAS Code: V110
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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The Ancient History 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.

100% of UWTSD students at the School of Classics agreed that staff are good at explaining things - National Student Survey 2016

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 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 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 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.

Potential areas of employment for our graduates include:

  • Media and Publishing
  • Business and Commerce
  • Teaching
  • 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 University of Wales 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 University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

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 hand-outs 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 also gives students a chance 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.