BA Ancient History and Medieval Studies (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    V115
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

From the emergence of democracy to the Crusades: explore the ancient and medieval foundations of the modern world. 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

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • Ancient & Medieval History students can study ancient and modern languages. 
  • In the second year, students can take module CLH2001 Ancient and Historic Places, a study trip or field project focusing on a specific region or place. This module allows students to visit a particular place or region and to investigate historical problems in their original topographical context.
  • Ancient & Medieval History students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops (guided by Dr Evelien Bracke) for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership. 
  • 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.
  • The student Society of Ancient Studies  and the History Student Society organises social and cultural events.
  • Students are actively involved in voluntary archaeological digs nationally and internationally.
  • Ancient & Medieval history remains can be seen all around Swansea and South Wales, from the castles at  Oystermouth, Swansea; Caerphilly; Carreg Cennen and Pembroke, to the Roman Fortress at Caerleon and the gold mines of Dolaucothi.
  • History and Classics blog.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Medieval Studies Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select to take a dissertation in ONE of their subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3031Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English LiteratureMay be on a medieval topic.
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History DissertationMedieval topic - Must be on a medieval topic.
AND
Ancient History Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select EITHER 3 modules from this list OR select 2 modules from this list and 1 module from Ancient History Optional Modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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
CLH3010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Roman Popular Culture
CLH367Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH368Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20New Greek ModuleNew module to be taught by a new visiting lecturer exact title to be released when he/she has been appointed.
CLH381Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600also available as a Medieval Studies option.
CLH393Semester 2 (Jan - Jun 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
AND
Ancient History Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module if required to make up 60 credits for Ancient History. Overall students should select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Roman Love Poetry
CLC303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
AND
Medieval Studies Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module. Students should ensure that they select 60 credits in each teaching block when combined with your other selections.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600Also available as an Ancient History option.
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
OR
Ancient History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select to take a dissertation in ONE of their subjects.

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

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Roman Love Poetry
CLC303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
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
CLH3010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Roman Popular Culture
CLH367Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH368Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20New Greek ModuleNew module to be taught by a new visiting lecturer exact title to be released when he/she has been appointed.
CLH381Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH393Semester 2 (Jan - Jun 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
AND
Medieval Studies Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules. If you choose a History Special Subject you MUST choose both halves (TB1 + TB2).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600Also available as an Ancient History option.
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in the Middle Ages (II)Must be taken with HIH3311
HIH3332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes (1)
HIH3333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mapping Medieval Land: Domesday Book and Beyond (2) Must be taken with HIH3333

Description

The BA Joint Honours degree in Ancient and Medieval History is a well-established degree programme taught by ancient historians and medievalists from the College of Arts and Humanities. It is designed to examine civilisations that may appear distant, but remain influential in our own time. The cultural, political, and social landscapes of the modern world are deeply rooted in the ancient and medieval world. The BA in Ancient and Medieval History is designed to explore this legacy in all its richness.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level. 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.

Have a look at our Country pages for International qualifications.

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.

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

"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 Ranthum

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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