BA Ancient History and History

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A Joint Honours programme in History and Ancient History offers students the opportunity to study aspects and issues from the past over a timeline covering three thousand years of recorded human history.

Key Facts

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

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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The programme can offer a range of modules which cover broad sweeps of time (Ancient times, Medieval Europe, 1066-1452: Modern China, 1650-2000) allowing students to consider how societies alter and change, the long-term impact of war, economic upheaval and political radicalism, and the rise and fall of great powers. In addition the programme offers modules based upon depth, drilling down into events and moments of seminal change

Students can study a wide range of modules covering all aspects of the past from fascinating historical figures like Alexander the Great, Thomas Becket or Napoleon, to basic aspects of everyday life, such as myths, politics, warfare (both on land and at sea) and the economic and trading network. Many modules explore broader questions, for example, in the ancient period, about how Rome grew into an empire, or how Sparta became the legend that it is today, to more specialized ones focusing on the Great War, Genocide in the 20th century, the Wars of the Roses and Terrorism.

Whatever module or areas you choose to specialize in you will gain an in-depth knowledge of those areas of history of particular interest to you. In addition you may select an options modules in ancient Chinese History, or Classical Archaeology or Theology, or in Anthropology. The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with the research interests of your tutor.

Typical modules include:

  • Greek and Hellenistic History
  • War in History
  • Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the hundred years War
  • Modern America, 1776-2009
  • From Village to Empire: A History of Rome
  • History and theory of Genocide
  • The Legends of Alexander the Great
  • Sparta: An Extraordinary CitY
  • Modern China: Rise of a Superpower
  • Terrorism
  • 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
  • The Bomb: a Nuclear History
  • Medieval Monasticism: the Cistercians
  • History and theory of Genocide
  • Armies and Navies
  • Britain and the Great War
  • An Introduction: from the French Revolution to the Holocaust
  • History and theory of Warfare

A Joint Honours programme in History and Ancient History offers 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 explore differences over a large stretch of time and between what seem on the surface to be fundamentally different societies and cultures.

There are opportunities for work in archives and the college museum. Students are able to work with many rare manuscripts and special collections of documents and resources.

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 others fields, notably Ancient and Medieval Studies and Ancient History and Archaeology.

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, 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 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.

Career and employment paths for our graduates include:

  • Media and Publishing
  • Business and Commerce
  • Teaching
  • Library and Information Services
  • Museum and heritage
  • Archives and curatorship
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Further Study
  • Administration
  • Civil Service
  • Local Government

There is no one path for our Ancient History and History graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage, the civil service 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 at Trinity Saint David ensures that our Ancient History and History graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from outdoors sports instructors to prison superintendents, from the Armed Forces to careers in the medical environment, 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 History and History with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Ancient History and History graduates from Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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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 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. 

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Classics makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all Powerpoints and handouts and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact. The VLE also helps students to revise and explore difficult topics and access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

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.