BA Egyptology and Classical Civilisation (3 year)

Course Overview

The BA Classical Civilisation and Egyptology degree includes the study of the civilisation and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds and Egyptian Language, Egyptian Art and Architecture, Egyptian Civilisation and Egyptian History.

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

  • Students can take modules including Ancient and Historic Places, a study trip or field project.
  • Students can take a work-placement through the “Literacy through Latin” project.
  • Students can gain teaching experience through the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership.
  • There is an option to pick the Egyptian Collection Practicum module, providing practical experience or they have the option of studying a Dissertation or a Museum project at the University’s Egypt Centre.
  • Egyptology students can teach beginners Hieroglyphs to members of the local community during the summer. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or the USA.
  • 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: The Age of Ramesses III; Introduction to Late Egyptian; Six Feet Under: Funerary Culture of Ancient Egypt; Taharqo and the Napatan Period of Egypt and Nubia; Ancient Egyptian Religious Beliefs and Practices; Roman Love Poetry; The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex; Homer and Heroism; Roman Popular Culture; Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome; Gender in the Roman World; and others.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovid's 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 2
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough modules to make up a total of 120 credits for the year ensuring a balance of 60cr per teaching block. Modules can be selected from the list below or Languages for All modules. To enrol in a TB2 Egyptian, Latin or Greek module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level on request. Students should not take more than one beginning ancient language in the year. Students taking CLE112 cannot also take CLE122.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
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) II
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH145Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
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) II
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)
OR
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students may select two modules from Languages for All, beginners or intermediate. Modules are worth 10cr each. To enrol in a TB2 module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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
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
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
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 1 (Sep-Jan 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
MLI1500
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 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
CLE214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Optional Modules
AND
Compulsory Selective - Classical Civilisation  

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : you 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. Staff 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
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
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
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)
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
AND
Optional Classical Civilisation modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose the following module to make up the remainder of your 60 classical Civilisation credits

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History

Year 3 (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
Optional Modules
Egyptology modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must do at least 100 credits of Egyptology and 100 credits of classical civilisation in Year 2 and 3 combined. The Dissertation counts as one or the other depending on the topic. You should normally select one of these CLE modules if your dissertation is on an Egyptology topic, one or two if your dissertation is on a topic which bridges Egyptology and Classical Civilisation or two or three if your dissertation is on a Classical Civilisation topic

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE322Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Old Egyptian (BA)You have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
CLE325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 3)
CLE326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 3)
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection Practicum
CLE330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt
CLE333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptian Language: Reading Advanced Texts
CLE342Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient Egyptian and Ptolemaic Queens
CLE343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Supernatural Beings and Demons of Ancient Egypt
AND
Classical Civilisation Selectives  

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should normally select one of these modules if your dissertation is on a Classical Civilisation topic, one or two if your dissertation is on a topic which bridges Egyptology and Classical Civilisation or two or three if your dissertation is on an Egyptology topic. To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module you must enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. You must select 60 credits in each TB overall

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
CLC315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classics in Popular Culture
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
CLH3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
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
CLH394Semester 2 (Jan - Jun 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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
AND
Classical Vicilisation Optional 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select any module from this list to complete a total of 120 credits spread equally accross the year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH369Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italy before the Romans

Description

 Students take six modules, three in Egyptology and three in Classical Civilisation.

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Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. 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 £18,050

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.

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 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 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


"In 2000 I came to Swansea University to undertake a degree in Ancient History and Egyptology. Following this I completed my Masters in Ancient Egyptian Culture and I am now studying a PhD in Egyptology. These degrees have been invaluable to fulfilling my life long dream of becoming an Egyptologist and will serve me well in finding a job within the field once I finally complete my studies."

Ken Griffin


Read Gemma Smith, BA Egyptology Graduate's article on "What's it like to study.... Egyptology" on the Independent website.

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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