v110 - Ancient History BA

Ancient History BA Honours

UCAS Code: V110 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

Explore the history, culture and politics of Ancient Greece and Rome, from the ‘beginnings’ of Greek and Roman history in the eighth century BC, to the fall of Alexandria in AD 641.

A bust of the Emperor Constantine with Latin inscriptions. Ancient History students have the opportunity to learn Greek and/or Latin with our highly successful and nationally acclaimed beginners' Language in Action classes.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 32-35 points

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You select from an exciting range of topics in ancient history, ancient culture and archaeology.

You can also study classical languages, with optional Greek or Latin language modules at beginners' or advanced level.

You will engage with different forms of ancient evidence, such as literary texts, inscriptions, and visual and archaeological material, to bring these ancient worlds to life.

You'll also develop research skills to a professional level through our Ancient History portfolio project, equipping you with skills for your future career.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Oisin from the UK

I chose Newcastle because the course was flexible and exactly what I had been looking for in a degree. The lecturers gave a great impression of a professional and experienced department full of published academics.

Oisin, Ancient History BA Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take two optional modules from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director, including the following:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 40 credits of optional modules normally selected from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available.

It may also be possible, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director, to continue studying the ancient language(s) from Stage 1 by taking a language module, appropriate to your previous experience, from the following list:

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director, alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected from Stage 2 Archaeology, History or other subject areas (to a maximum of 40 credits). Recommended modules are:

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director, an alternative optional module to one of those listed above may be selected from the following (to a maximum of 20 credits):

UK and EU students also have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by spending Stage 2 studying Ancient History at one of our partner institutions in Europe through the Erasmus exchange programme. This will be a fully recognised period of study which counts directly towards your final degree mark.

If you wish to partake in Study Abroad, you should choose one of the following module codes:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more on about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory module

Optional modules

You choose four modules from the following list (please note, you are not allowed to take CAC3000 Dissertation):

**Note: you may not take at Stage 3 the CAC3***-coded version of any module whose CAC2***-coded version they took at Stage 2.

It may also be possible, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director, to continue studying the ancient language(s) taken at Stage 1 or Stage 2 by taking a language module appropriate to your previous experience from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director, including the following modules up to a maximum of 40 credits:

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director, an alternative optional module to one of those listed above may be selected from the following (to a maximum of 20 credits):

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Ancient History careers

    Our Classics degrees are designed to equip you with a broad range of skills.

    The specific content of your course provides you with a well-developed understanding of different cultures and societies. Depending on your module choices you may also learn specific languages such as Latin and Greek.

    Throughout your course, you also develop and demonstrate the ability to:

    • research, collate, and analyse materials, including written documentation and statistics
    • critically evaluate and interpret resources to formulate impartial and coherent arguments
    • present information in writing and verbally
    • work autonomously, manage your own workload and work to deadlines
    • comprehend intellectually rigorous and challenging topics

    Together, these make for a very well-rounded individual who possesses a mix of practical, intellectual and transferable skills desirable to employers.

    You therefore have an excellent choice of further study and career opportunities open to you on completion of your studies.

    Classics graduates find themselves in a diverse range of careers, including:

    • research, information work and IT
    • law and legal services
    • journalism and marketing
    • retail
    • social work

    Find out more about the career options for Classics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

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    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

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    • institution code - N21

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