Discover With Us How The Ancient World Can Help Our Modern Lives!

Be like Cicero and make the study of the distant past work for you. The degrees we offer bring the most up-to-date research approaches and technologies to bear on the cultures, literatures, and connections of the ancient world. You’ll find out together with us how exciting this pursuit of the evidence of ancient lives, evidence that has survived by chance and often in pieces, can be. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills in analysing, interpreting, and sharing this material. Such skills in communicating your knowledge are valued by employers throughout the world of work.

Under the umbrellas of Classical Studies, Ancient History, and Egyptology (with Ancient History), we’ll provide you with pathways to explore the ancient world, in its vast geographical and chronological breadth, together with our supportive team of staff. We do not presume any prior familiarity with the ancient evidence, nor do you need to study or have studied ancient languages (though we love it if you do!). We are committed to widening participation and fostering passion for our subjects, through such means as the volunteering opportunities at our in-house museum, the Egypt Centre, our Schools Work Placement module, and many others. Find out more about our Study Abroad and Employability and Careers provision.

Please check out the department on YouTube and Twitter to see what we’re up to and what you could do with us!


We offer numerous Joint Honours courses; see the full list of our undergraduate courses.

Courses are offered as three-year programmes, or four years with a year abroad at one of our partner universities.

What Modules Could You Take?

First year modules

This video serves as an introduction to our first-year curriculum.

Second and Third year modules

Here are videos which introduce some of our second and third year modules:

Sample Our Innovative Teaching

Here are some examples of the ways we’ve been adapting our teaching to a variety of modes and settings. We originally did this to fit the constraints created by the pandemic, but these methodologies will live on in the way we teach, as we’re constantly reinvigorating our offerings and reassessing how you can learn best with us.

Jo Berry uses Xerte in her second-year ‘Gender in the Roman World’ module. Here’s one of the first of these, which you can click through:

Here’s a briefly annotated extract that Ian Goh made for a second-year methodology module:


Here’s the follow-up video which Ian recorded to show how one can engage with Polybius’ narrative dynamics.


Stephen Harrison uses Google Street View to show his students ‘Beyond Mainland Greece’, here specifically the buildings and structures of Persepolis, and how they would have dwarfed and dazzled their users.


Virtual Open Day video

Ian Goh shares an overview of the wide range of modules, exciting volunteering options, and language-learning opportunities available to you.


Studying the Ancient World with us!

Hear more here from our students talking about what it’s like to study the ancient world at Swansea in this video made in June 2020. We’re so proud of what our students have achieved and are achieving, and we aim to realise everyone’s potential like this.


Living in Swansea as a student

Student life in Swansea is perfect: the beach is right there next to campus and the Gower peninsula is nearby, prices are reasonable, and the city is accessible and friendly rather than overwhelming. Here’s more about that in another video from June 2020.