Ancient Civilisations

  • Ancient Civilisations

93% of UWTSD’s History and Archaeology students agreed that their course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth – NSS 2017.

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 study ancient American, Celtic and Chinese civilizations.

We take pride in our versatility and created this course by listening to students and what they wanted. While other courses concentrate on what has been found or is yet to be found, the BA in Ancient civilizations takes you beyond what has been already found about ancient cultures, into their world and into their minds in order to find out why it was found, why it was created and what it meant to them.

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Students also have the option to study this degree programme as part of a Politics Pathway or Economics Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: V901
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

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

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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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
  • Greco-Roman
  • Early Christian, Jewish and Arabic

Year 1 will see you exploring the various cultures through their archaeology, texts, histories and mythologies in a series of introductory modules including museum trips and research projects.

Year 2 will increase your knowledge with focused, wide raging modules designed to take you into the past by incorporating further trips to museums and archives. 

Year 3 will focus on the dissertation, of which you may choose your own topic and a subject chosen by the tutor.

Typical modules include:

  • Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea - An introduction to some of the key civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean bowl, exploring the rise of urban civilization and state systems. Covering early iron age and bronze age eras, students will also enjoy hands-on experience with a trip to the Egypt Centre in Swansea.
  • Ancient Philosophy 
  • What makes Ancient Civilisation?
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Dreaming in the past: Classical receptions in modern culture
  • Hieroglyphs, Text and Society
  • Religions in Antiquity
  • Exhibiting Egypt
  • History and Civilization of Traditional China
  • Chinese Religion and Culture
  • Bronze Age Society in the East Mediterranean
  • Water and Society

Why study at UWTSD Lampeter?

  • The unique opportunity to study a wider range of civilizations.
  • The only university in Wales to offer students the opportunity to focus on culture and civilizations rather than just history and archaeology.
  • Small class sizes allowing excellent interaction and discussion and unsurpassed support from the tutors, the kind which simply cannot be achieved in big lecture halls full of students.
  • 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.
  • 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 Archeology, 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.

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

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.

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. 

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