BA Egyptology and Ancient History (3 year)

Course Overview

The BA Ancient History and Egyptology degree offers the study of the Greek and Roman worlds, including history, philosophy, archaeology and art and the study of 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 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 studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • 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 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; and others.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
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
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 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. You can choose from the list below. 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
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)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLE112.
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 IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG101.
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) IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG105.
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG125.
CLH145Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLL101.
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) IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLL105.
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLE214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Optional Modules
AND
Ancient History - Compulsory Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select at least one (and normally two or three) 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 upon request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plato's Republic
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)
CLH2005Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Set in Stone? Inscribing and Writing in Antiquity
CLH2006Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Imperial Image: Roman Emperors and Empresses in History, Literature and Art from Augustus to the Severans.
CLH2007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Economy
CLH215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Archaic Greece (Level 2)
CLH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH227Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Kings, Tyrants and Lawgivers in Ancient Greece
CLH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods.
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
CLH297Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Alexander and the Hellenistic world
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 languages
AND
Ancient History - Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose from the following modules to make up 60 credits in Ancient History when combined with your selection from the 'Compulsory Modules' in the box above. You must select 60 credits in each teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Love Poetry
CLC203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC205Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLD300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
Optional Modules
Egyptology - Compulosory Selective modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must do at least 100 credits of Egyptology, and 100 credits of Ancient History in Years 2 and 3 combined. The dissertation counts as one or the other, or both, depending on your topic. You should 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 Ancient History; or two or three if your dissertation is on an Ancient History topic.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Private Life in Ancient Egypt
CLE325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 3)
CLE326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 3)
CLE328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Six Feet Under: Funerary Culture of Ancient Egypt
CLE333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Language: Reading Advanced Texts
CLE339Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sex and Gender in Ancient Egypt
AND
Ancient History - Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should normally select one of these modules if your dissertation is on an Ancient History topic, one or two if your dissertation is on a topic which bridges Egyptology and Ancient History 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.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plato's Republic
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
CLH3005Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Set in Stone? Inscribing and Writing in Antiquity
CLH3006Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Imperial Image: Roman Emperors and Empresses in History, Literature and Art from Augustus to the Severans.
CLH3007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Economy
CLH367Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH368Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods.
CLH369Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy before the Romans
CLH388Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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
Ancient History - Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select any modules from this list to complete a total of 120 credits spread evenly across the year (60 credits per teaching block)

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

Description

Students take 6 modules, three  in Ancient History and three in Egyptology.

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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

"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.

"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

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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