Ancient History

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100% of UWTSD’s Ancient History students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2018.

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This degree is designed for those who have a passion for ancient Greek and/or Roman cultures and societies and would like to expand their knowledge of the ancient world spanning political, military, and social history.

1. We offer to our students a wide choice of different modules and topics, spanning from Archaic Greece to the Late Antique Roman Empire.

2. All students are taught in small groups, with interactive lectures, one-to-one tutorials, and seminars

3. The course follows an innovative immersive learning approach

4. All our staff are research active and experts in their field meaning we can offer teaching that is cutting edge and informed by the latest developments in the subject

5. Students have the opportunity to choose elective modules from all other humanities subjects and topics

Key Facts

UCAS Code: V110
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice:
English  

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The Ancient History scheme allows you to study a wide range of topics covering not only fascinating figures like Alexander the Great, but also basic aspects of everyday life, such as bathing, dinning, performing religious rituals, warfare and the economy.

In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, we offer specialised modules on all aspects of Graeco-Roman history so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you. Options are also available to study select modules in the wider Faculty of Humanities, for example in ancient Egyptian culture and history, ancient Chinese History, Bronze Age archaeology or Celtic Civilisations. All students have the opportunity to pursue their ,interests and conduct their own research in the second-year independent project and the third-year dissertation.

In your studies, you will get the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics within the ancient world. Some of these topics include:

  • Spartan warfare and society
  • Periclean Athens
  • Graeco-Roman mythology and religion
  • Pivotal world leaders such as Alexander, Julius Caesar and Nero
  • The daily lives of the Greeks and Romans
  • Murder, intrigue and violence in Graeco-Roman politics
  • Roman warfare and conquest of the Mediterranean world

We use a wide range of assessment methods used on the course, such as essays, presentations, wikis, web pages and reflective reports, so that the assessment reflects the student’s performance as a whole. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the wider research community and are always welcome to attend our research seminar series events, which feature speakers from around the world. We have a range of innovative teaching, including the use of role play in some modules.

We are one of the largest subjects on campus but this does not mean that you will get lost in the crowd - there is a strong sense of community among our students and staff. The ratio of staff to students means that we can offer an excellent student support network.

A degree in Ancient History involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work, essays and in class tests, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and PowerPoint-based, at both individual and group level – creation of abstracts, reflective reports, in-house conference papers, article reviews, take-home exams, group wikis, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in a clear, professional and lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the Ancient History programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Potential areas of employment for our graduates include:

  • Media and Publishing
  • Business and Commerce
  • Teaching
  • Library and Information Services
  • Further Study

There is no one path for our Ancient History graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.

However, the programme of embedded employability offered by our degrees at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our Ancient History graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from outdoors sports instructors to prison superintendents, from the Armed Forces to careers in the medical environment, with a good selection of entrepreneurial spirits applying what they have learnt to the creation of their own companies.

Taking all that they have gained from studying Ancient History with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Ancient History graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

International Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third-year students to the Mediterranean to allow students to visit ancient sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.

For the Fieldtrip modules, a deposit is usually required in September/October to ensure a place with the full cost due in December/January. Payment is made to the Finance Office on campus or through the online payment facility.

There are a range of related subjects that you can study in combination with Ancient History, such as Archaeology, Medieval studies, Modern History and English.

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. We make great use of the VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all PowerPoints and hand-outs and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact. The VLE also gives students a chance to revise and explore difficult topics and access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, while our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Ancient History at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.