BA Classical Studies and Archaeology
A Joint Honours programme in Archaeology and Classical Studies offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two popular humanities subjects.
Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through an examination of physical remains such as stone tools, pottery and bones, through to buildings, structures, monuments and landscapes. It attempts to reveal how both contemporary societies and past societies are organised, how humanity interacts with the environments and landscapes, and how ideas about the world are visible in the objects people have created. To be able to understand the past in any depth engagement with theoretical and ethical issues is needed. This means we explore issues such as representation, land use, technology, environmental change, death, beliefs and the evolution of the human body, mind and ideas with a view to broadening and widening knowledge of how humanity has arrived at the position it is in now. Many modules include a field trip to local sites or historic features of the landscape: we also do a graveyard survey for the less-squeamish.
The Classical Studies part of the programme will offer students the opportunity to explore their interest in the cultures, literatures and languages of the ancient world, then this is the programme for you. A degree in Classical Studies gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to religion and all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire. Modules exploring the influence of the ancient world on modern popular culture, such as film and literature, are also available. Study of ancient language is an option but not compulsory. 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 literature and culture so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.
Typical modules include:
- Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity
- Reading Antiquity: A Survey of Ancient Literature
- Augustan Lovers
- The Legends of Alexander the Great
- Staging Antiquity: Drama in the Ancient World
- The Muses’ Playground: Epic in Antiquity
- Magic in Antiquity
- Bronze Age Societies
- Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
- Human Evolution
- Advanced Environmental Techniques
- Humans and their Environments in Prehistoric Europe
- Origins and Innovations
- Medieval Castles in Context
- Building & Architectural History
- Nautical Archaeology
- Heritage Data Management
- Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Opportunity for field excavation
- Laboratories and post excavation study
- Training in historical research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
- Transferable interpersonal skills
- Opportunity to develop independent research projects
- Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.
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.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.
- Teaching/ education officer
- Local Government, community, local politics
- Law and advocacy
- Community archaeology
- Environmental services
- Fundraising, management consultancy, research
- Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
- General administrative and management posts
- Civil service
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 Fieldtrip 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.