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Ancient History (BA)

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This degree is designed for those who have a passion for ancient Greek and/or Roman cultures and societies and would like to expand their knowledge of the ancient world-spanning political, military, and social history.


Joint Honours Options: 

Ancient History (BA)
UCAS Code: V110
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Ancient and Medieval History (BA)
UCAS Code: V115
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Ancient Civilisations (BA)
UCAS Code: V901
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Ancient Civilisations with Foundation Year (BA)
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We offer our students a wide choice of different modules and topics, spanning from archaic Greece to the late antique roman empire.
  2. All students are taught in small groups, with interactive lectures, one-to-one tutorials, and seminars.  The course follows an innovative immersive learning approach.
  3. All our staff are research active and experts in their field, meaning we can offer teaching that is cutting edge and informed by the latest developments in the subject. 
  4. Students have the opportunity to choose elective modules from all other humanities subjects and topics.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Ancient History scheme allows you to study a wide range of topics covering not only fascinating figures like Alexander the Great but also basic aspects of everyday life, such as bathing, dining, performing religious rituals, warfare and the economy.

In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, we offer specialised modules on all aspects of Graeco-Roman history so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.

Options are also available to study select modules in the wider Faculty of Humanities, for example in ancient Egyptian culture and history, ancient Chinese History, Bronze Age archaeology or Celtic Civilisations. All students have the opportunity to pursue their, interests and conduct their own research in the second-year independent project and the third-year dissertation.

Module Topics

In your studies, you will get the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics within the ancient world. Some of these topics include:

  • Graeco-Roman mythology and religion
  • Murder, intrigue and violence in Graeco-Roman politics
  • Periclean Athens
  • Pivotal world leaders such as Alexander, Julius Caesar and Nero
  • Roman warfare and conquest of the Mediterranean world
  • Spartan warfare and society
  • The daily lives of the Greeks and Romans

Please note, these topics may alter or rotate a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.


A degree in Ancient History 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 History programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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 Opportunities

Potential areas of employment for our graduates include:

  • Business and Commerce
  • Further Study
  • Library and Information Services
  • Media and Publishing
  • Teaching

There is no one path for our Ancient 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 our degrees at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our Ancient 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 with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Ancient History graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

Additional Costs

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 Field trip:
The Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these 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.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

Classical Civilisation
UCAS Code: V110

Ancient Civilisations (BA)
UCAS Code: V901

UCAS Code: V901

Medieval Studies

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

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