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BAArchaeology and Ancient History

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Uncover the ancient world by combining both historical and archaeological approaches to studying the past.

Our BA Archaeology and Ancient History programme combines the best of both disciplines into one discrete programme. It provides you with the opportunity to study the ancient civilisations of Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, and prehistoric societies in the Mediterranean, Europe and Britain. By interpreting historical and archaeological evidence together, you can build a rounded picture of the life and culture of these ancient societies.

At the University of Birmingham, we place a distinctive emphasis on the combination of archaeological and historical approaches in the study of the ancient world, including modules in field archaeology, material culture studies and historical interpretation, with exciting opportunities for specialisation in Archaeology, Ancient History, or both disciplines. 90% of our graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).

Programme structure

First year
In the first year, you gain a firm grounding in the archaeology of Britain and the Mediterranean world and the history of Egypt and ancient Western Asia through introductory lecture courses. Small-group project work will allow you to study a particular aspect of the ancient world in greater detail and you gain practical experience on an archaeological Field School.

In addition, you choose 20 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

Early Civilisations: Egypt (10 credits)
Early Civilisations of Western Asia (10 credits)
Project A (10 credits)
Project B (10 credits)
Practical Archaeology (20 credits)
World Archaeology (20 credits)
*Introduction to Greek and Roman History (20 credits) (*optional but recommended for 2018/19 starters, compulsory for 2019/20 starters)
See our first year modules

Second year
In the second year, your compulsory modules build upon the foundations in the first. 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 the compulsory modules, you take 40 credits of optional modules, which include the opportunity to develop your practical and project planning skills by taking the Field Archaeology module and participating in the Year 2 Field School.

Compulsory modules:

Artefacts and Material Culture (20 credits)
CAHA Study Tour (20 credits)
Mediterranean and European Archaeology (20 credits)
Seminar II (choice of seminar topics) (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.

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 spheres, 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