To understand the present, you need to discover the past.
Our Ancient History degree draws on our extensive expertise, allowing you to study not only Greece and Rome, but also Egypt and the Near East with an option to learn ancient languages, such as Latin, Greek, Egyptian and, when available, Sumerian and Akkadian.
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. Our focus on understanding ancient civilisations will include exploring primary sources, both the Classical, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian texts that have survived to the modern day, and the monuments and objects of those civilisations.
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, with financial support from the University, you will undertake a unique two-week Study Tour where you will develop a research project and travel with fellow students to countries such as Italy and Greece.
Why Study this Course?
- Breadth of expertise – While many Ancient History programmes focus on Greece and Rome, at Newcastle you will have the opportunity to study Egypt and the Near East in equal measure.
- Excellent teaching experience – 97% of our students said that they felt academic staff were good at explaining things, whilst the course itself was intellectually stimulating (NSS 2018).
- Study tour – Our unique two-week Study Tour gives you the opportunity to plan and undertake travel to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you.
- Exceptional learning resources – You will have access to a range of learning resources including the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Museum and the Eton Myers Collection.
- Highly rated department – Times Higher Education ranked the Department in the Top 5 in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. We are also ranked in the Top 10 among USA universities by the Complete University Guide 2019.
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BA Ancient History
Udergraduate , Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 Year)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
- Rethinking the Ancient World A (10 credits)
- Rethinking the Ancient World B (10 credits)
- Project A (10 credits)
- Project B (10 credits)
- 80 credits of optional modules
- CAHA Study Tour A and B (10+10 credits)
- Research Seminar A and B (10+10 credits
- 80 credits of Department optional modules
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.
- CAHA Dissertation (40 credits)
- Special Subject (20+20 credits)
- 40 credits of Department optional modules
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today’s competitive graduate market.
The skills of an ancient historian – research, analysis, organisation, self-management and reasoning – are highly attractive to graduate employers. Our Ancient History graduates are capable of working independently and as part of a team, and can eloquently articulate judgements and arguments, which makes them highly sought-after employees.
Graduates in Ancient History have excellent employment prospects with 95% of graduates entering work and/or study six months after graduation (DLHE 2017).
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
Therefore, studying Ancient History at the University of Newcastle opens doors to a wide range of careers. Some graduates will go onto undertake further study and research in pursuit of higher degrees.
Developing your career
Employers target University of Newcastle students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events – we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge – you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary – we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships – our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Newcastle Museums and Art Gallery, Newcatle REP, Newcastle Royal Ballet, City of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Newcastle.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.