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BAAncient History

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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To understand the present, you need to discover the past.

That is exactly what you will do studying Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. Delve into the rise and development of ancient civilisations over several millennia from the Ancient Near East and Ancient Egypt, to Classical Greece, Republican and Imperial Rome, and Late Antiquity.

Ancient History at Birmingham is placed within the Top 10 in the Complete University Guide 2019. The programme offers you the opportunity to study a diverse range of periods, countries and cultures to suit your interests. You will explore ancient cultures in a supportive academic environment where you will have access to an exceptional range of expertise and resources. In your second year, our unique Study Tour module provides you with the opportunity to travel to another country relevant to your studies. You will also have the option to learn ancient languages such as Latin, Greek, Egyptian and, when available, Sumerian and Akkadian.

Programme structure

First year
Our first year compulsory modules provide a thorough grounding in Graeco-Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern culture and societies, as well as opening up some wider interdisciplinary perspectives. You will also take a Widening Horizons Module from another Department and choose 40 credits of optional modules.

Reading texts in the original language is a great advantage and you have the opportunity, if you wish, to learn one of the ancient languages including Egyptian, Greek or Latin.

Compulsory modules:

Early Civilisations: Egypt (10 credits)
Early Civilisations of Western Asia (10 credits)
Introduction to Greek and Roman History (20 credits)
Project A (10 credits)
Project B (10 credits)
Widening Horizons Module (20 credits)
See our first year modules

Second year
Our Ancient History compulsory module develops your analytical skills and introduces you to advanced historical theory and methodology. You will also take our unique Study Tour module. With financial support from the University, you plan a research project and travel with fellow students to a country relevant to your studies such as Italy or Greece.

In addition to these compulsory modules, you choose a seminar topic and 60 credits from our unique range of optional modules. You can choose to begin or continue your language studies in your second year.

Compulsory modules:

CAHA Study Tour (20 credits)
Seminar II (choice of seminar topics) (20 credits)
Understanding Ancient Societies (20 credits)
See our second year modules

Year abroad
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year
The highlight of the final year is your dissertation. Working one-on-one with a supervisor, you will complete a substantial research project on a subject of special interest to you. In addition, you choose a seminar topic and 60 credits of optional modules. Once again, you will have the opportunity to study an ancient language, either starting from scratch or taking your skills to a higher level.

Compulsory modules:

CAHA Dissertation (40 credits)
Seminar III (choice of seminar topics) (20 credits)

Career opportunities

You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including:

Local government
Museums and charities
Cultural and heritage organisations

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States