BA Ancient and Medieval History

  • Ancient and Medieval Studies

If you are interested in the ancient and medieval worlds, their history, society and culture, then the BA in Ancient and Medieval History is the degree for you.


Key Facts

UCAS Code: V115
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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Typical modules include:

  • Greek and Hellenistic History
  • From Village to Empire: A History of Rome
  • Wars of the Roses
  • Sparta: An Extraordinary City
  • The Legends of Alexander the Great
  • The Rise of Rome: Studies in Roman Imperialism
  • The Cistercians
  • Infamous and Damned: Nero and the Julio-Claudians
  • The City of Rome
  • The Empires of Iran
  • Armies and Navies: Studies in Ancient Warfare
  • Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the 100 years War

This degree offers a wide range of subjects from myth to knighthood and from Homeric Greece to the end of the medieval period. It trains you to use a variety of source materials from both periods, with opportunities to learn how to use both ancient inscriptions and medieval manuscripts.

The first year aims to provide the necessary basis of knowledge on the history of the ancient and medieval worlds and an introduction to ancient and medieval societies and cultures. In the second and third years, you will have the opportunity to widen your studies into a variety of different areas of interest from the Homeric world to the Cistercians, and specialise in areas of your choice. Options are also available to study selected modules in the wider Faculty of Humanities, for example in Egyptology and medieval Literature.

The culmination of the degree, and a module in which these specialisms can especially be combined, is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with our range of research and publication specialisms. 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.

Based on the Lampeter campus, you will be taught by staff from the School of Classics as well as from the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, making sure that you always have expert support and access to the latest research in the field. The school supports the very active student-led Medieval Re-enactment and Ancient Civilisations societies.

A degree in Ancient and Medieval History involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work (a short commentary on an assigned primary source), 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 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 and Medieval 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.

Careers can include:

  • Teaching
  • Heritage (library, archives,museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research
  • General administrative and management posts
  • Business and commerce

There is no one path for our Ancient and Medieval History graduates.

The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage 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 and the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at Trinity Saint David and the benefit of gaining skills from two separate academic schools ensures that you have a broad skills set and the confidence to utilise it.

Our graduates have explored options from the civil service to the creative arts, from journalism to the business world, 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 and Medieval History with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Ancient and Medieval 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:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

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. 

There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110. 

The Ancient and Medieval History programme takes full advantage of the opportunities presented by the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, the University’s collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

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.