Ancient History extended degree

Course Introduction

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.

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.

Course Modules

Foundation Year

Take modules in English and Maths 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.

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,145 Overseas Fees