|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
A Level History, Medieval History or Ancient History at grade A
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Archaeology, Ancient History and History are complementary subjects that can all be studied alongside each other at degree level.
On this innovative degree programme you will explore the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Western Asia, Greece and Rome, the prehistoric and historic societies of Europe and Britain though to the Middle Ages, and then follow events around the world almost to the present day. You will have the chance to investigate unfamiliar territory and to question some of the myths, preconceptions and prejudices that surround the three disciplines.
By interpreting historical and archaeological evidence together, you can build a rounded picture of the life and culture of these societies.
Archaeology & Ancient History: In the first year, you gain a firm grounding in the archaeology of Britain and the Mediterranean world. In addition, small-group project work allows you to study a particular aspect of the ancient world in greater detail and develop your research skills. You will also choose 20 credits from our wide range of optional modules, including the option to gain practical archaeology experience and attend a two-week Field School.
Project A + B (10 credits + 10 credits)
World Archaeology (20 credits)
See our first year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
Practising History (A): Skills in History
Practising History (B): Approaches to History
You will choose one of these modules:
Discovering the Middle Ages
Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
You will also choose one of these modules:
Living in the Middle Ages
The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
War and Society
United States History 1865-2000
History first year detailed module descriptions
Archaeology & Ancient History: In the second year, your compulsory modules build upon the foundations in the first. Artefacts and Material Culture charts the progress of artefacts “from mud to museum”, while Mediterranean and European Archaeology focuses on interactions between Mediterranean and Temperate Europe from the later Bronze Age through the Iron Age to the eve of the Roman expansion out of the Mediterranean. You will also choose from a wide range of options in history, archaeology, literature, culture, language, myth, religion, art and philosophy.
Artefacts and Material Culture (20 credits)
Mediterranean and European Archaeology (20 credits)
See our second year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
Choose from one of the following:
History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Professional Skills Module (20 credits) – please note: places on this module are limited
History second year detailed module descriptions
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.
Archaeology & Ancient History: The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project on a subject of special interest to you. You can choose to do this in either Archaeology & Ancient History or History. Depending on which Department you choose to do your dissertation in and your balance of study, you can also choose optional modules from our wide range of options.
Dissertation (40 credits)
You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of spheres, including:
Museums and charities
Cultural and heritage organisations