"My decision to study at Swansea has been the best!"
As an international student from The USA I was drawn to Swansea because in America Egyptology, my passion, is only taught at PhD level. I wanted to explore the topic in-depth as an undergraduate student and Swansea has proven the perfect fit! One of my favourite things about the department is the flexibility of module options. It is so awesome to take modules pertaining to your chosen degree straightaway. In America, general classes (English, Science, Math, etc.) are compulsory so you actually don’t start studying your chosen degree until second year. So far, I have particularly enjoyed the modules Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology, Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and Ancient Egyptian History and Civilization. My first year at Swansea increased my confidence in my work habits and subject knowledge. Not only have my research, writing, and presentation skills improved but I can apply these skills to other areas of my life. The department is friendly, making it easy to make friends and get to know the lecturers, and the staff supportive and helpful. I have attended many departmental social events, such as bowling and laser tag, but my favourite was the second semester study trip to the Bay of Naples in Italy. It was incredible and something I will always remember. It was so fun to visit places that you had studied in class. My decision to study at Swansea has been the best!
Mollie Beck, Egyptology
"The lecturers never fail to help or answer questions"
When choosing a university, it may seem like a very daunting task— it certainly was for me! However, when I attended a Swansea open day (queue the cliché) I knew that this was the place for me as I immediately felt comfortable here! The non-judgmental, friendly and fun atmosphere of the campus suddenly made Swansea (and the idea of university itself) a realistic option for me. Staff in the department added to this feeling as they made it clear that I would receive as much help as I needed, and that my learning experience would involve acquiring a variety of skills. The lecturers never fail to help or answer questions and strive to make sure that a new skill is taught in each module. For example, I initially assumed that the main skill I would learn studying ancient history would be how to write and conduct academic research. However, I have now learnt to express myself (academically) on primarily three platforms: writing, public speaking and using technology in numerous ways such as creating websites. I have also learnt how to express my ideas in a more general sense without the fear of sounding silly— consequently improving my work as I receive many diverse opinions to consider. Again, this is due to the approachable vibe of the those in the university and the all-round attitude of care the department gives.
"An amazing opportunity and experience"
I chose to study Ancient History at Swansea over the same course at other Universities because of the location, cost of living and reputation. Whilst all of these reasons have proven sound, I would now cite different ones for why studying at Swansea was the right decision for me. The relatively small size of the department means I feel known and valued by the lecturers, whereas I know friends on other courses and at other Universities can feel relatively anonymous. This is added to by the abundance of social events organised within the department, which the lecturers attend, as well as the yearly study trip which I have been lucky enough to go on. Being able to pick my lecturers brains’ at sites which are central to their area of research has been an amazing opportunity and experience.
Furthermore, I have been able to take modules that have allowed me to explore a wide range of issues. For example, the module ‘Being Greek’ engaged with the issues surrounding ‘identity’ relevant to both the ancient world and today. Exploring wider issues like this in the context of Ancient History has really been an unexpected bonus of my degree and has really interested me and been useful outside the course.
Aidan Kee, Ancient History
"A fantastic variety of modules"
Continuing my studies at Swansea was a decision that came easily to me. By the end of my undergraduate degree I had made great progress in my studies and I was confident that I could continue developing my research skills as a postgraduate. Swansea had not only been a great working environment for me, but one in which I was comfortable and familiar.
Our department offers a fantastic variety of modules covering a broad range of topics across the ancient world, enabling any student to find and pursue areas of interest. I particularly enjoyed the modules on ‘Roman Houses and Households’, ‘Royal Space: The King and His Palace in the Ancient World’ and ‘Postgraduate Greek’. Furthermore, my undergraduate dissertation enabled me to explore a topic that interested me the most – Greek athletics.
One of the best things about our department is that it is incredibly personal. Over the course of my degree I have developed great friendships with a number of students, but also working relationships with many of the lecturers. This has not only benefited me academically, but has made my experiences here studying my favourite subject far more enjoyable.
Jack Davies, Taught MA
"an incredible experience"
My MA studies in Ancient Egyptian Culture here at Swansea has gone so quickly! It’s been great studying here as part of a warm and close-knit community, where lecturers know your name and you have the chance to learn more about the subject you love. Having an on-campus museum of Egyptian antiquities which is actively incorporated into the syllabus is amazing, and being able to hold millennia-old objects in my hands as part of the course is an incredible experience that beats any classroom picture! As for the future... my time here has made sure that it’ll be exciting!
John Rogers, Taught MA