This programme provides the opportunity to study the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Western Asia, as well as Greece and Rome, and prehistoric societies in the Mediterranean and Britain. By interpreting historical and archaeological evidence together, we can build a rounded picture of the life and culture of these ancient societies.
The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity is a lively environment where students find friendly encouragement to follow their own particular interests in the past, and where they can gain the necessary skills to equip them for a variety of careers in the future. We place a distinctive emphasis on the combination of archaeological and historical approaches in the study of the ancient world, and the range of expertise available ensures that a wide choice of periods, countries and cultures may be studied. To a large extent you can build your own degree through choice from the options available.
This programme integrates archaeological and ancient historical approaches to the study of societies and cultural life in the past. By drawing upon the methods and insights of both disciplines, it is possible to develop more diverse and broader interpretations of ancient societies, and to investigate aspects of these that would be closed to one or the other discipline in isolation.
Diversity and choice are key characteristics of the degree, which offers a wide range of optional courses in different periods, areas and methods of study, alongside core courses covering both archaeology and ancient history. The programme allows for a very high degree of flexibility and is ideal for those interested in the past, but currently undecided if they would like to focus on archaeology or ancient history.
Past human cultures are explored both in multidisciplinary terms (using historical sources and archaeological evidence to study themes such as burial practices and society, and the ancient City), and in detailed studies of particular periods and regions. The range of period and area specialisms among teaching staff is extremely wide, with optional lecture and seminar courses reflecting this diversity, including:
Small-group teaching is an integral part of the degree, with a Project or Seminar module in each year of the programme. Topics are chosen by students from a wide range of more than 20 specialist research subjects, with seminar or laboratory classes of no more than 12 students.
The Study Tour in the 2nd Year is a unique course involving group project design and travel to sites, museums and landscapes of a selected region, funded by a grant from the Institute. Study tour groups regularly go to Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy and France, other countries in central and northern Europe, and Britain and Ireland.
Individual research is an especially important feature of the 3rd Year, when students pursue their own special interests in their dissertation research, supervised by a member of staff.
Archaeology and Ancient History: Year 1
In your first year you gain a firm grounding in the history and archaeology of the ancient world through introductory lecture courses ranging from the history and archaeology of the ancient civilisations of Egypt to the theory and practice of archaeology and the study of human societies and cultural change. You also gain practical experience through archaeological field training.
[each module 20 credits]
In your second year you may choose a historical core module investigating Greek and Roman society, or one which will provide you with expertise in major archaeological sub-disciplines and professional techniques (for example, forensic or environmental archaeology). You also choose from a range of options in history, archaeology, literature, culture, language, myth, religion, art and philosophy. A special feature of the second year is the study tour abroad, a research project undertaken with financial support from the University
Archaeology and Ancient History: Year 3
In your final year you may choose either an archaeological core module or a historical one this time focusing on Ancient Egypt and Western Asia. You also make your choice from our menu of options. The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project on a subject of special interest to you.
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IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 80(Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test : 93
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Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: ABB
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34 points
Standard English language requirements apply: IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band; TOEFL IBT 93
No work experience is required.
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