BA Ancient and Medieval History (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    V116
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level but offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We will guarantee you an offer based on A-level, tariff points or a range of advanced level qualifications.

The BA Ancient and Medieval History is designed to examine civilisations that may appear distant, but remain influential in our own time. Students can discover the continuities and change from the emergence of Athenian democracy to the glories of renaissance Italy; from the expansion of the Roman Empire to the Christian crusades of the Middle Ages; and from the great epics of Homer to the sublime poetry of Dante.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • In the second year, students can take module a study trip or field project focusing on a specific region or place. 
  • Ancient History students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or the USA.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Students are actively involved in voluntary archaeological digs nationally and internationally.
  • The Society of Ancient Studies and History student society organises social and cultural events. Follow us on Twitter: @SUHistSoc.
  • Have a look at our blog to find out what's happening at Swansea. 
  • Medieval History can be seen all around Swansea and South Wales.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH117Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Europe: an introduction
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select either one or both of the following modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough credits from the following modules to give you 60 credits total in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2You must also select CLE120
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)
CLH145Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select EITHER CLH284 OR HIH237. Whichever you choose you should ensure that your choice of optional modules results in an even split between Classics modules and Medieval modules. If you select HIH237 you MUST sign up for a seminar group in a medieval topic.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
HIH237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Practice of History
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough credits to make up your total credits to 120 (60 credits in each teaching block). Your choices must result in an even split between Classics and Medieval Modules. To enrol in a TB2 language module, you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 language module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLE230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLG203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 2)
CLG227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 2)
CLH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)
CLH2002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
CLH264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 2)
CLH281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH286Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 2)
CLH294Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2
CLP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient langauges
HIH2069Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crusades and the Making of Latin Christendom, 1050-1300
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH2690Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beyond Blood and Guts: Medicine from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Dissertation options 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select either CLD300 OR HIH3300 as your dissertation module. If you select HIH3300 you MUST NOT select a special subject from the options below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
AND
Optional Module Choices - Special Subject 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose an overall 40 credits in TB1 and 40 credits in TB2 from the special subject or the optional modules in the box below. Students taking a History Special Subject MUST take components in BOTH TB1 AND TB2. NOTE: Students taking the History Dissertation MUST NOT take a History Special Subject. A TB2 Latin module can be taken only if the equivalent TB1 module has been taken. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England - Part 2
HIH3353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies of Heaven: the First Crusade and its Historians, Part I
HIH3354Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Armies of Heaven: the First Crusade and its Historians, Part II
HIH3355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Crucible of Defeat: Wessex in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 1
HIH3356Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crucible of Defeat: Wessex in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 2
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose an overall 40 credits in TB1 and 40 credits in TB2 from the special subject above or the optional modules listed here. Students taking the History Dissertation MUST NOT take a History Special Subject. A TB2 Latin module can be taken only if the equivalent TB1 module has been taken. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classics in Popular Culture
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection Practicum
CLG321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I
CLG322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 3)
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 3)
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLG330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 4
CLH3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH369Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italy before the Romans
CLH381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH394Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
CLL321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I
CLL322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II
CLL325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 3)
CLL327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2 (Level 3)
CLL329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 3
CLL330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 4
CLP309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3357Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes
HIH3361Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vikings, Monks and Conquest: Britain in Europe, 1000-1200 A.D.

Description

The degree programme offers a coherent, integrated and interdisciplinary examination of past cultures, covering over two millennia of history across the European continent and the Mediterranean world.

Entry Requirements

Offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level but we will accept 128-112 tariff points from a range of advanced level qualifications. International Baccalaureate 32-30, Welsh Baccalaureate A/B plus BB at A-level or Access 18 Distinction and 15 Merits. International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/   For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

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 the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

"Where do I start? I loved studying at Swansea and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Studying the BA Ancient and Medieval History and completing my undergraduate BA History dissertation felt like a huge achievement and I then decided to take a Master’s in Creative Writing, finishing with a Distinction was one of my proudest achievements. Throughout my time at Swansea I worked as a freelance journalist for publications, including BBC History, The Observer and others. I also established my own magazine, The Antagonist. I’m now working toward becoming an English tutor and my experience at Swansea has a lot to do with that."

Jess Ramthun

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of Ancient and Medieval History Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Ancient and Medieval History will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA History
  • MA Medieval Studies
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Culture

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Ancient and Medieval History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.