Ancient History and Archaeology BA
Teaching and learning
All of our teaching is based around a stimulating combination of lectures, small group work, and practical ‘hands-on’ experience. 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 sources and by immediate engagement with questioning 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 final-year 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; they will also be key in you formulating professional-looking CVs for your next steps after the degree.
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 ((in person or via online resources), , preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our many social study spaces in halls of residence.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. However, we have a range of clubs and volunteering opportunities which mean you can spend extra time in and around the subjects you love! You can see details of the contact hours (and the types of topics covered) on individual module pages.
The University's Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
The University's 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.
Across your degree, you will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules offered. PhD research and postdoctoral scholars who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is strongly informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff and their wide-ranging expertise by visiting our staff profiles.
Having that connection with the physical remains of the past really captures the imagination.