BA Ancient History and German (4 year )

Course Overview

The BA Ancient History and German degree offers the study of the Greek and Roman worlds and develops your knowledge of a world language, discovering the rich culture that makes Germany an international centre of the arts and understanding twenty-first-century Germany and its role in Europe.

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 a study trip/field project module.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad.
  • Our German modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German-speaking world.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • Students are actively involved in voluntary archaeological digs nationally and internationally.
  • Have a look at our Ancient History blog and Languages blog for news and information.
  • The Society of Ancient Studies and German Society at Swansea organises social and cultural events.
  • 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.

 

 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Some of our modules run in alternate years. The modules listed below are taught in the current year. We also teach: Roman Popular Culture; Archaic Greece; Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome; Gender in the Roman World; Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods; Alexander and the Hellenistic world; Roman Love Poetry; The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex; Homer and Heroism.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules- Selective  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please choose a pair of modules at the appropriate the level. (Students with A level German take MLG108 / 109. Students with A Level take MLG160A and B)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
AND
Optional Modules - Ancient History 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough optional modules to make your total credits up to 120 for the year (after your compulsory modules) balanced evenly between the two teaching blocks. To enrol in a TB2 Latin, Greek or Egyptian module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level on request. Students should not take modules in more than one beginning ancient language per year.

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)
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLH145Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Ancient History Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should select 2 or 3 of these modules. To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module, you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
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)
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 languages
AND
Ancient History Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose any of the following modules to make up the remainder of your Ancient History credits, if required.

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
AND
German General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits in the appropriate language stream (advanced or intermediate).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2To be taken with MLG260B.
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
AND
German Optional Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Improving your German with Poetry

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
Optional Modules
AND
German Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take the following two modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3
AND

Description

Students study six modules a year, three in Ancient History and three in German.

Students have year abroad during third year of study

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A Level (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. Students should also have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. 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

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

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.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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 Quotes

"I studied Ancient History and I chose Swansea University because of the variety of courses on offer in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. During my study I immersed myself in both academic and extra-curricular student life. I took up archery and I was a regular member of the University archery team. I enjoy both reading and writing fiction and in my final year of study, I was selected as one of four finalists in the “Swansea Life Young Writing Category” of the “Dylan Thomas Prize”. I held several positions of responsibility in the Society of Ancient Studies which was amazing; and I organised social events such as visits to sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, the British Museum, Caerleon, and Rome. I also had the opportunity to work on the Church Hill archaeological excavation (a suspected Roman villa) and the excavation at Oystermouth Castle organised jointly by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust. I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Swansea."

Shaun Mudd 


"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell

 

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 Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology 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 Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology 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 Ancient Egyptian Culture
  • MA Ancient Narrative Literature
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Civilisation

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

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