Ancient History BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom
Ancient History BA
Next enrollment cycle January 2025 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 1,392,588
Course Accredited By NA
3 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

The BA in Ancient History offers you the chance to engage with the history of the classical world. From the Greek city-states to the Roman Empire, from kingdoms in the Near East to networks in North Africa, you will have the chance to explore a fascinating and crucial chapter of our human past.

  • You will learn about the societies and cultures of antiquity, and investigate the way these changed over time. You will be introduced to key historical frameworks and discover a wide range of sources that bring you face-to-face with the ancient world, from literary texts to ancient artefacts. A range of option modules, combined with detailed research projects and a dissertation in your final year, will allow you to gain subject knowledge and follow your own interests. You will have the opportunity to gain experience with local heritage organisations and schools through Year 3 module placements and our accredited internship programme.


  • Citizens of Change 100 Scholarship - Anyone holding an offer of a place at Leicester - 50% fee reduction in first year
  • Science and Engineering International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Family Loyalty Discount - Any child, sibling or spouse of a Leicester student or graduate - 10% fee discount
  • Media, Communications and Sociology International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester School of Media, Communications and Sociology - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Music scholarships - Talented musicians/singers at Grade 6 or above - £500
  • Sports scholarships - Students who compete at regional, national or international level - Facilities, coaching and financial support
  • ULSB International Merit Scholarship - Students applying for a degree in the University of Leicester School of Business, starting September 2022 or later - £3,000 per year

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2025

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels can be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking accepted. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. 
  • Other national and international qualifications welcomed.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • You will be introduced to Greek and Roman history, as well as key types of source material available for studying the classical world including literature and art, inscriptions, coins and material culture. You will also learn about the broader contexts of Greco-Roman antiquity, exploring the diverse societies of the ancient world beyond the Mediterranean from Iron Age Europe to pharaonic Egypt, and from ancient Mesopotamia to the Berbers.


  • Approaching Ancient Evidence (Greek)
  • Introduction to Greek History
  • An Introduction to World Archaeology BC
  • The Ancient World Beyond the Mediterranean
  • Approaching Ancient Evidence (Roman)
  • Introduction to Roman History
  • An Introduction to World Archaeology AD
  • Introduction to Classical Culture

Year 2

  • To develop your skills further, you will undertake an in-depth source project and learn about a wide range of approaches and methods for studying the past. You will be able to choose from a range of option modules covering Greek, Roman and Near Eastern antiquity. You may also take an option module in Latin to improve both your language skills and your knowledge of Latin literature.

Core modules

  • Sources, Method, and Theory for Ancient History
  • Source Project

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • The Roman Principate
  • The Ancient Near East
  • Greek History in 40 Lives
  • Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • Plus three option modules from:
  • Classical and Hellenistic Greek States
  • Classical and Post-classical Latin
  • Roman Social History and the Roman Family
  • Religion in the Roman World
  • Celts, Britons and Barbarians: Iron Age Europe in context
  • Heritage Skills
  • The Medieval Mediterranean World

Final Year

  • You will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, within the field of Ancient History. The rest of the modules are up to you. This gives you the opportunity to tailor the degree to the areas and periods that most interest you.

Core module

  • Ancient History Dissertation (double module)

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World
  • Textiles, Dress and Identity in the Roman World
  • Great Greek Monuments
  • Early Christian Europe
  • Warfare, Conflict and Violence in the Human Past
  • Plus three option modules from:
  • Sparta and the Greek World
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • The Roman Labyrinth: Crete under the Emperors
  • The Fall of the Roman Republic
  • Archaeology and Ancient History in Education

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

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