Ancient Civilisations

  • Ancient Civilisations

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UWTSD sets itself above the competition by offering a wider range of ancient civilizations to study. Not only can you study the traditional Mediterranean civilizations (Greek, Roman and Egyptian), but we also offer the opportunity to explore the cultures ranging from China to Celtic Europe and the ancient Americas.

Why study Ancient Civilisations at UWTSD Lampeter?

  1. We offer small class sizes allowing for excellent interaction and discussion, as well as unsurpassed support from the tutors – the kind which simply cannot be achieved in big lecture halls full of students.
  2. We are one of the few universities across the UK to offer students the opportunity to focus on culture and civilizations rather than just history and archaeology.
  3. Having such a wide range of related subjects under one roof allows us to draw upon the experience of our various lecturers in areas such as Archaeology, Ancient history and mythology, religious and Islamic studies, philosophy and Chinese studies to provide a unique and diverse program that will provide something of interest to everyone.
  4. Students have the opportunity to go on fieldtrip modules where we explore wonders of the ancient world in person.
  5. We are based on an amazing campus, rich in history and set in a great location with enthusiastic, dedicated lecturers, all of which sets out to make your time at university a unique and special experience and start you out on an exciting career.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: V901
UCAS Code (Foundation): ACF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

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Students enrolled in this course will gain the opportunity to delve into the past and study in depth the cultures and traditions of ancient civilizations. You will compare and contrast how these people lived by closely examining the different areas of everyday life such as the different cultures, philosophies, military and historical backgrounds and beliefs held by various ancient cultures.

By engaging in various different areas of study (archaeology, ancient history and culture to name a few) - a feature unique to our course - our students will gain an otherwise unobtainable view of the lifestyles and thoughts of these ancient civilizations. You will gain the knowledge to understand how superstition, magic, rituals and the afterlife all played a major role in how these people thought and behaved and how they shaped their world, and ours.

Which civilizations can you study:

  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Latin American
  • Celtic Europe
  • The wider Graeco-Roman world
  • Early Christian, Jewish and Arabic cultures


In your studies your will get the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics, which include (among others):

  • The Near Eastern world (Pharaonic Egypt, Phoenicia, Cyprus and the mysterious peoples of the Sea)
  • Ancient Egyptian funerary practices
  • Hieroglyphs
  • Religious life in various cultures
  • The history and civilization of China
  • The Graeco-Roman world and its interactions with various civlisations across Afro-Eurasia

A degree in Ancient Civilisations involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work, essays and in class tests, 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 Civilisations 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.

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.

  • Business and commerce
  • Civil service
  • General administrative and management posts
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Journalism
  • Local government
  • Postgraduate research
  • Teaching

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Fieldtrip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£750


Students on the Ancient Civilisations programme can also combine their studies with a range of other related subjects, including archaeology, anthropology and Medieval and Modern history (among other subjects).

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses