Ancient History and Archaeology BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

From classic texts and crumbling architecture, to Neolithic monuments, there’s so much we can learn from historical evidence. Combining archaeology with ancient history, this degree sets you up for a diverse career across both disciplines.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
VV41
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2609
arch-anchist@le.ac.uk

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Course description

Course description

During your Ancient History and Archaeology degree, you will develop an understanding of societies and cultures in the past, with an emphasis on Ancient Greece and Rome. You will examine classical texts and material remains in order to understand the past.

Our Ancient History staff have expertise in Classical (Greek and Roman) history, whilst our archaeological staff specialise in Roman archaeology, prehistory, historical archaeology, archaeological theory, and the archaeological sciences.

Practical experience is a key part of the degree. You will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and field trips, including a week long study tour of Rome in your second year. We offer a wide variety of archaeological fieldwork and study options.

Our degrees provide transferable skills in communication, presentation, critical analysis and teamwork that you can use in your future career, whether that is in archaeological or historical studies or in one of the wide range of professions that attract our graduates. It doesn't matter if you have little or no previous experience of either discipline; we have designed our courses for maximum flexibility. This allows you to choose how you want to specialise or diversify as your knowledge and understanding develops.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels can be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking accepted. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English and Maths at grade C/4. 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level. Minimum of 4 in SL Maths or 3 in HL Mathematics, or 4 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in SL English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. 

Other national and international qualifications welcomed. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We have dedicated work experience and outreach tutors who organise placements for you in schools, museums, field archaeology units, archives, laboratories, and on external projects – complementing the volunteering provision within the University.

You can choose to take career-focused modules (such as Professional Skills or Archaeology and Ancient History in Education) with our volunteering scheme: Archaeology and Ancient History in the Community.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

During your first year you will be introduced to Greek and Roman history and two sources modules which introduce the basic types of primary materials relevant to ancient history. You will also study the archaeological past from the origins of the human species to the 20th century. You will be able to take part in an archaeological fieldschool at Bradgate Park. This Leicestershire park contains archaeological remains from the Mesolithic to the historic period, and we have recently been excavating the remains of the home of Lady Jane Grey - England's nine-day Queen.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will choose two aspects of Greek and Roman history to study in detail. These are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with a strong emphasis on encountering ancient primary sources in translation. You will also take two core modules focusing on sources and methods in ancient history and archaeological theory that will give you the key skills you need to succeed in these subjects. During the Easter Holidays you will be able take part in a study tour of Rome. At the end of the year you will be able to participate in a research excavation.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from: 

Plus a further three option modules from: 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note, a year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

We have links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

You will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice that may be focused on either ancient history or archaeology, although you are encouraged to use both historical and archaeological sources. You will also choose four option modules from a wide selection. These are chiefly taught through seminars to help you handle historical problems at a more advanced theoretical level, and to refine your skills in evaluating evidence and drawing conclusions from it.

Core modules

  • Fieldwork 2
  • Dissertation (double module)

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus a further two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester achieved 95% student satisfaction in the NSS in 2015, with 100% for staff enthusiasm.

By volunteering in our 'Archaeology and Classics in the Community' scheme you can work towards the Leicester Award for Employability.

We have nine specialist laboratories (including a new Osteology Lab): four dedicated to teaching and all available for student use.

We run an incredible week-long study tour in Rome and also offer fieldwork opportunities across Britain and as far away as America.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

The hands-on approach to the subject appealed to Jen, especially the fieldwork opportunities.

Teaching and learning

All of our teaching is based around a stimulating combination of lectures, small group work, and practical ‘hands-on’ experience. Flexible academic classes are combined with practical instruction in the field. You will have the chance to study a wide range of different societies and will develop the skills to examine them in more detail. Your studies of the classical world will be complemented by tuition in the ancient languages and by immediate engagement with the importance of Greece and Rome to contemporary society.

Your assessment may include essays, exams, lab reports, practical tests, group work, and oral presentations - plus of course your dissertation.

In addition, you will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career, or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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