BA Ancient History and German (4 year )

  1. UCAS code:
    VR12
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

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 a personal tutor 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.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Ancient History Joint Honours 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should select two or three modules. To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module, you MUST enrol in a corresponding TB1 module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC203Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLE220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Art and ArchitectureYou can only enrol on ONE CLE module per year unless you are studying Jont Honours with Egyptology.
CLE223Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Religious Beliefs and Practices (Year 2)You can only enrol on ONE CLE module per year unless you are studying Jont Honours with Egyptology.
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)
CLH215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Archaic Greece (Level 2)
CLH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport, Games and entertainment in the Greek and Roman world (level 2)
CLH264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 2)
CLH274Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Empire 2: Central Power and Local Culture, AD 14-235
CLH275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome and the Mediterranean, 264-146 BC
CLH281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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)
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
CLH297Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Alexander and the Hellenistic world
CLH299Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Chastity and Promiscuity: Women in Aristophanes and Plato (Level 2)
CLL200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Literacy through LatinYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
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 langauges
CLP266Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the Roman Past
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From Athens to Los Alamos: Science in the Ancient & Modern Worlds
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German Optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advance-select 30cr Intermediate- select 20cr

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 2A
MLG201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 2B
MLG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG234ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate German A
MLG234BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate German B
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2
MLG244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema of the New Millennium
MLI245Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
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Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose any of the following modules (or up to one elective) to make up the remainder of your Ancient History credits (normally 60) distributed evenly across the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLC210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 2)

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

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,450

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.

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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