Ancient History (extended degree)


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  • Explore the social, political and religious histories of ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Discover the intellectual, artistic and economic connections between Greece and Rome and their neighbours in Asia, Europe and Africa.
  • Study ancient texts, images and material remains to learn about individuals and societies.
  • Go on a study trip or undertake a work placement on an archaeological dig, in a school or a museum to research first-hand how evidence from the ancient world is still important to us.


This degree in ancient history concentrates on the study of the social, cultural, political, military and religious histories of ancient Greece and Rome, whilst considering their place in the wider world between Europe, Asia and Africa. You will learn about the many different sources and themes, methods and theories of the writing of ancient history and you also have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Latin.

On this course you can study modules covering a range of ancient history and historiography, go on trips to London’s museums or a study trip abroad, or even choose to spend one term studying at a university overseas.

You will be encouraged to develop your skills as a historian through active participation in all modules. In class sessions, you will have many opportunities to discuss ideas, explore your interpretations and present your own theories, as well as engaging critically with scholarly debates.

You will be supported throughout the course to develop your critical and analytical skills when interpreting ancient evidence and scholarly debates and will also benefit from individual tutorials when preparing written assignments.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Ancient History at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

Foundation Year

  • Take modules in communication which will develop your core academic and study skills.
  • The syllabus includes a year-long module, Adventures in Humanities, which will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Ancient History. It is taught in weekly three hour sessions and you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, film screenings and field trips.

Year one

  • Learn the history and politics of fifth century Athens and of the Roman Empire to gain the context and background required to support you on the course.
  • Study the writings of ancient adventurers who travelled the seas to North Africa and Asia.
  • Investigate the archaeology of Roman Britain and ancient pottery, sculpture and paintings.
  • Option to study ancient Greek or Latin.


Year two

  • Analyse the works of ancient historians such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus
  • Study a varied range of topics including the history of the Roman emperors, artifacts in London’s museums, society and religion in late antiquity
  • There is an option to take our work placement module, allowing you to gain valuable firsthand experience in a workplace that relates to your studies.

Year three

  • Develop your own area of research interest by writing a dissertation with the support of specialist tutors.
  • Choose to study emperor Nero and his legacy; trade in ancient Rome; the wars of Romans; and barbarians, violence and law in ancient Greece.
  • If you want to develop your ability to read original Greek and Latin texts, you can focus on translating and interpreting authors in the original language.

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Disciplinary Investigations
Adventures in Humanities 1
Adventures in Humanities 2
Literary Forms: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Athens: History and Myth
Rome: Epic and Empire
Ancient Exploration: Europe, Asia, Africa

Optional Modules

Sites, Objects and Images in Roman Britain
Art and Life in the Ancient World
Latin or Ancient Greek Beginner

Year 2

Compulsory Module
Historiography in the Footsteps of Herodotus

Optional Modules
Study Trip Abroad
The Power and the Secrets of the Empire: Rome 31BC-235AD
Politics and Religion in Late Graeco-Roman Society
Love and Sexuality in Ancient Poetry
Museums in London
Intermediate Latin
Intermediate Greek
The Historical Jesus
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Professional Practice and Placement

Year 3

Compulsory Module

Optional Modules
Romans and Barbarians
Classical Greek Tragedy – the Electra Story
Violence and Law in Ancient Greece
Merchants and Goods on the Move: Trade in the Roman Empire
Religion, Gender and Power in Ancient Greece
Picturing the Past: Classical Art and its Modern Reception
Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic
Nero: The Emperor and his Legacy
Classical Languages: Special Author
The Gospel of John, Myth and Monotheism

Compulsory modules
Compulsory modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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