BA Classical Civilisation and Medieval Studies (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    QVV1
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The Classical Civilisation and Medieval Studies degree scheme combines the study of history, ancient and modern language and literature. We have more than twenty scholars working in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, European languages and classical studies, covering the period approximately AD 400 to 1800.

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

  • The BA Classical Civilisation and Medieval Studies combines the study of classical civilisation and medieval history and literature.
  • In the second year, students can take a study trip/field project module Ancient and Historic Places.
  • 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.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
Optional Modules
Medieval Studies Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules. Overall students should not take more than 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH2017Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State of the Church in Later Medieval Europe
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
AND
Classical Civilisation Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select at least one (and normally two) of these modules. To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module, you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Satff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Christianity and Classical Culture: Augustine and Boethius (Level 2)
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 2)
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)
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)
CLH286Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 2)
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
CLH294Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)
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
AND
Classical Civilisation Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose up to 20 credits from the following modules to make up the remainder of your credits. Overall students should select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLH227Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Kings, Tyrants and Lawgivers in Ancient Greece
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
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
CLH289Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The End of the Roman Republic (Level 2)
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLD140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coding for All 1
MLD141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Coding for All 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Classical Civilisation Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Joint honours 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
Classical Civilisation Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC310Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 3)
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection PracticumA 4 week placement in summer 2015.
CLG321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The end of the Roman Republic (Level 3)
CLH394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
CLL321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I
CLL325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 3
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. Overall students should select 60 credits in each teaching block. 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 a Classical Civilisation 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
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)If you select this module you MUST also select HIH3230.
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)If you select this module you MUST also select HIH3229.
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine ArtsIf you select this module you MUST also select HIH3248.
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and ArtistsIf you select this module you MUST also select HIH3247.
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1If you select this module you MUST also select HIH3312.
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England - Part 2If you select this module you MUST also select HIH3311.
OR
Medieval Studies Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Joint honours 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 LiteratureIf selected this should be on a medieval topic.
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History DissertationIf selected this must be on a medieval topic.
AND
Medieval Studies Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600Also available as a Classical Civilisation 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
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
AND
Classical Civilisation Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select EITHER 3 modules from the list below OR select 2 modules from the list below and 1 module from Classical Civilisation Optional Modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC310Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 3)
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection PracticumA 4 week placement in summer 2015.
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
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
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
Classical Civilisation Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If required select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600Also available as a Medieval Studies option.
CLH389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The end of the Roman Republic (Level 3)

Description

Students study six modules a year, three in Classical Civilisation and three in Medieval Studies.

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 £14,750

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

 

"Swansea University enabled me to pursue my interest, allowing me to base my undergraduate dissertation on how medieval society tried to understand the causes of the plague and how it coped with the mass plague morality in terms of displaying grief and being refused a ‘good’ death.  Amidst my research I found that the medieval world was an exciting and intriguing time which touched on certain areas of particular expertise including gender, warfare, aristocratic culture, and frontiers and borderlands."

Naomi Davies


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.

Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.