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

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)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun 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 : Select either one or both of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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 up to 60 credits of modules to make up a total of 120 credits. Students taking a language module in TB2 MUST also take the corresponding language module in TB1.

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
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 2If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLE120.
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG101.
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) IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG105.
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG125.
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 IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLL101.
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) IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLL106.
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLL125.
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HUC101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric

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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