BA History and Ancient History

  • BA History and Ancient History

A joint honours in History and Ancient History allows students to range freely over 3,000 years of recorded history, studying topics as diverse as Sparta to the Nuclear Bomb, or Ancient Religions to the Great War.

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UCAS Code: V112
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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A joint honours degree in History and Ancient History brings together  both Historians and Ancient Historians in a natural combination over a shared engagement with the past. The programme allows students to range broadly over nearly three millennia of the Human past, studying modules from Ancient Egypt all the way through to the Collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The programme is thus able to offer students the opportunity to study aspects and issues from the past over a timeline far in excess of what the History programme alone could provide. Students are able to draw comparisons and differences over a large time stretch and between what seem on the surface to be fundamentally different societies and cultures.

Both programmes share a great deal in terms of academic concerns, and enhance within students very much the same sort of cognitive and intellectual skills and competencies (in terms of programme outcomes).

Moreover there is an established track record of close cooperation between the School of Classics and the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology in other fields, notably Ancient and Medieval Studies and Ancient History and Archaeology.

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of History and Ancient History generally, the scheme offers a wide range of optional modules.

Typical modules include:

  • Research Skills
  • War in History
  • Defenders, Conquerors, Vanquished
  • The Cistercians
  • Rise of Rome
  • History and theory of Genocide
  • Armies and Navies
  • Medieval Europe from Charlemagne to the 100 years war
  • The City of Rome
  • The Holocaust
  • The Enlightenment, 1700-1820
  • Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the Hundred Years War
  • Modern America, 1776-2009
  • History and theory of Genocide
  • Modern China: Rise of a Superpower
  • The Middle East, 1917-2012
  • Medieval Documentary Source materials
  • Wars of the Roses
  • The Irish Question: from Parnell to the Troubles, 1885-1998
  • Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy, 1789-1945

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • The opportunity to study cultures of different peoples and places
  • Range of option modules in both History and Ancient History
  • Committed staff with a wide range of scholarly and creative publications who are experienced in teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Options of work-oriented courses and work placements
  • Opportunity for fieldwork and field trips, both in Wales and abroad
  • Research active, published staff with expertise in these fields

A degree in Ancient History and 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, document analysis, in-house conference papers, article reviews, group wikis, reflective reports, take-home exams, book reviews, and, of course, the dissertation.

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 and 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.

Employment and career opportunities include:

  • Teaching
  • Volunteering and Voluntary work
  • Local government
  • Library work
  • Archive and museum work
  • Heritage related employment
  • Business and Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Postgraduate study

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 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. 

There is an optional fieldtrip 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.