Gain a broad knowledge of the period stretching from 776BC to 641AD in this wide-ranging and inclusive Ancient History degree.
You'll learn how to work with a wide range of evidence, including historical texts, inscriptions, papyri, coins, art and architecture.
You'll develop transferable professional skills through our dedicated research modules. You can also choose to study ancient Greek and Latin language, from beginners’ to advanced level.
Internationally recognised experts will teach you, and provide the opportunity to specialise in the topics relating to our research strengths.
Our areas of expertise include:
- the history of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Greece
- interactions between Greeks and non-Greek ‘barbarians’
- the experiences of immigrants, women, children and slaves
- Greek and Roman religion
- Alexander the Great
- Hellenistic kingship
- the Roman Republic and the high empire
- society and culture in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
- Late Antiquity
- relations between pagans and Christians
- ancient literacy
- Roman Law
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Quality and ranking
We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.
Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Your compulsory modules will provide you with an introduction to antiquity in a broad global context. You'll gain overviews of Greek and Roman history, and build on these throughout your degree. You will then choose at least one literature-based module, alongside one or two optional modules. Optional modules may include ancient language (Greek or Latin), philosophy or archaeology modules.
|West meets East: Greek History and Society, 776-200 BC||20|
|The Roman world from Romulus to Heraclius: history and culture from 753 BC to AD 641||20|
|Global Ancient Histories||20|
|HCA Academic Mentoring Stage 1||0|
Please note you must take at least one of the following:
You’ll expand your knowledge of the ancient world exploring historical developments following the death of Alexander the Great, as well as the history and development of the Roman state during the Roman Empire. You’ll also develop your research and problem-solving skills through critical study, research and writing of commentaries on historical texts and artefacts.
Optional modules at this stage include a wide range of topics in Greek and Roman culture, literature and society, including religion, classical rhetoric, slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity, and ancient attitudes towards race and identity.
|Hellenistic Empires from Alexander to Cleopatra||20|
|Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors||20|
|Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries||20|
|Issues in Ancient History||20|
|HCA Academic Mentoring Stage 2||0|
You’ll have an even wider range of optional modules to select from, with diverse choices such as human dissection in antiquity, Roman Egypt, and the representation of the ancient world in modern cinema. You’ll also complete a research project on a topic of your choice under the expert guidance of our academic staff.
|Portfolio in Ancient History II: Dissertation||40|
|HCA Academic Mentoring Stage 3||0|
Teaching and assessment
You'll be taught through a dynamic range of methods and activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical activities, site visits, fieldwork training and independent study. These activities take place in the classroom, library, field, museum and laboratory.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Skills and experience
During your degree, you'll have the chance to take part in extracurricular field trips that take advantage of the North East's rich history. You'll visit places such as:
- the nearby World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall
- the classically-inspired Belsay Hall
- Wallington Hall
You'll be able to access specialist collections and handle an array of exciting artefacts from ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan civilisations at our on-campus museum, the Great North Museum.
Our Ancient History degree is designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills highly valued by employers, including:
- thinking creatively
- critical and analytical reasoning
- project management
- ability to work independently
- spoken and written communication skills
- ability to construct an argument
- time management
You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to spend the summer following your second year working alongside academic staff on your own research project.
In your final year, using the skills developed during your degree, you’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. During this, you’ll hone your investigative skills as you undertake independent research with access to extensive print and electronic resources, as well as archives and special collections.
Chat to a student
I chose Newcastle University because they offered a fantastic selection of modules on different aspects of ancient and prehistory. The lecturers have a wealth of experience in their fields and are always willing to sit down and offer advice.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
You'll be based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, located at the heart of campus in the historic Armstrong Building. Here you'll have access to excellent study resources including:
- the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies
- a range of other specialist facilities and archives
- the antiquarian library
- the on-campus Great North Museum, with enormous collections of Greek and Roman artefacts, including the Shefton collection on Greek Art
Study with us and be welcomed into a vibrant and supportive community. We ensure you achieve your highest potential and are equipped for career success.
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
Join a network of successful graduates
100% of our Ancient History BA Honours graduates were employed or in further study within six months of graduating*.
They have gone on to work in a diverse range of careers, including:
- museum and heritage work
- business development
- law and legal services
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
You'll develop a mix of practical, intellectual and transferable skills desirable to employers. This will give you 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
- social work
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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