BA Ancient and Medieval History (3 year)

Course Overview

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 studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Our students have an academic mentor 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 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough credits from the following modules to give you 60 credits total in each teaching block. In order to select CLE121 you MUST also select CLE120. You may substitute 20 credits of Ancient and Medieval History for one pair of 10 credit Languages for All modules. If you decide to do so you will need to ensure you have a 50/70 or a 70/50 split of modules overall.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovid's Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)
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
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
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)
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
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
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2

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 Ancient History modules and Medieval History 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 Exactly 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 100 credits to make up your total credits to 120 (60 credits in each teaching block). Your choices must result in an even split between Ancient History modules and Medieval Modules. To enrol in a TB2 language module, you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 language module. Languages for All modules (10 credits) must be taken as a pair. If you decide to take a pair of Languages for All modules you will need to ensure you have a 50/70 or a 70/50 split of modules overall.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Love Poetry
CLC203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC205Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLC211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plato's Republic
CLE220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptian Art and Architecture
CLE221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 2)
CLE222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 2)
CLE225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 2)
CLE226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 2)
CLE228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Culture and Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt
CLE230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLE231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (2nd year)
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)
CLH2005Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Set in Stone? Inscribing and Writing in Antiquity
CLH2006Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Imperial Image: Roman Emperors and Empresses in History, Literature and Art from Augustus to the Severans.
CLH2007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Economy
CLH215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Archaic Greece (Level 2)
CLH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH227Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Kings, Tyrants and Lawgivers in Ancient Greece
CLH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods.
CLH297Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Alexander and the Hellenistic world
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gendering the Middle Ages: Power and Exclusion
HIH2069Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crusades and the Making of Latin Christendom, 1050-1300
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
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2

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.

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

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You do not have to take a special subject. If you wish to take a special subject, choose a 40 credit pair of special subject modules Parts 1 and 2 across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Devotion Piety & Power: The First Crusade & the Worlds of Latin Christendom, Byzantium & the Islamic Near East, Part 1
HIH3354Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Devotion Piety & Power: The First Crusade & the Worlds of Latin Christendom, Byzantium & the Islamic Near East, Part 1
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3368Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Medieval Natural World: Environments, Explorations and Encounters (i)
HIH3369Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Medieval Natural World: Environments, Explorations and Encounters (ii)
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have selected the History dissertation choose 80 credits from this box. If you have selected the Classics dissertation (and a History Special subject) choose 40 credits from this box. NOTE - students should take a minimum of 80 credits in Ancient History and 80 credits in Medieval History over the course of their second and third years. To select a TB2 Language option you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 language module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Love Poetry
CLC303Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
CLC312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plato's Republic
CLE322Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Old Egyptian (BA)
CLE325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 3)
CLE326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 3)
CLE330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt
CLE332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Amarna Period
CLE333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Language: Reading Advanced Texts
CLE343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Supernatural Beings and Demons of Ancient Egypt
CLE345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Words of Wisdom and Woe: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Literature (in translation)
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
CLH3005Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Set in Stone? Inscribing and Writing in Antiquity
CLH3006Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Imperial Image: Roman Emperors and Empresses in History, Literature and Art from Augustus to the Severans.
CLH3007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Economy
CLH367Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH368Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods.
CLH369Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy before the Romans
CLH388Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH393Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Archaic Greece
CLH397Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Alexander and the Hellenistic world
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
HIH3181Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3357Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes
HIH3361Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

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 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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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