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Ancient History and Archaeology BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


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January 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 25,460

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
During your Ancient History and Archaeology BA degree, you will develop an understanding of societies and cultures in the past, with an emphasis on Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the wider ancient world in North Africa and the Near East. You will examine classical texts and material remains in order to understand these peoples and their legacies.
  • Practical experience is a key part of the archaeological part of this degree. You will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and field trips and gain skills in recognising past material culture. We have specialist facilities and an outstanding range of equipment for hands-on teaching and research in science-based analytical techniques, including our state-of-the-art human bone laboratory, environmental laboratory, zooarchaeology laboratory, and ceramics laboratory.
  • You will also have the opportunity to gain experience with local heritage organisations, schools and our professional archaeological unit (ULAS) through Year 2 and 3 module placements and our acclaimed accredited internship programme.
  • Our School of Archaeology & Ancient History hosts a world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching in our twin disciplines of Ancient History and Archaeology. We have a long history of making high-impact, world-leading discoveries, of which you could be a part. Our staff work all over the world on research projects – in Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, Central Europe, Egypt, North Africa, Sudan, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, South East Asia, China, Australia, the USA, the Caribbean and elsewhere – and we cover all periods, from the earliest humans to the recent past.


  • 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 2023

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 considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • 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 study the archaeological past from the origins of the human species to the 20th century, learning the aims and methods of archaeology along the way. You will also gain practical experience in a wide variety of archaeological skills. In early Summer, you will take part in a local archaeological fieldschool. Recently we have run fabulous fieldschools at Bradgate Park with sites from the Mesolithic to the historic period, including the Tudor mansion of Lady Jane Grey (England's famous nine-day Queen), and the Iron Age hillfort of Burrough Hill. And in Ancient History you will gain key insights into the span and names of ancient Greek and Roman history, and critically explore the types of textual guides to these cultures.


  • Approaching Ancient Evidence (Greek)
  • Introduction to Greek History
  • An Introduction to World Archaeology BC
  • Archaeology: The Essentials
  • Approaching Ancient Evidence (Roman)
  • Introduction to Roman History
  • An Introduction to World Archaeology AD
  • Debates in Archaeological Heritage

Year 2

  • In your second year, for your Ancient History strand, you will choose two aspects of Greek and Roman history to study in detail. These are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with a strong emphasis on encountering ancient primary sources in translation. You will also take two core modules focusing on sources and methods in Ancient History and archaeological theory that will give you the key skills you need to succeed in these subjects. At the end of the year you will be able to participate in a research excavation.

Core modules

  • Sources, Method, and Theory for Ancient History
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Theory and Archaeology

Option modules

  • You will choose two option modules, one module from each of the lists below.
  • Ancient History modules
  • The Roman Principate
  • The Ancient Near East
  • Greek History in 40 Lives
  • Archaeology modules
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age of Britain and Ireland
  • Living in Towns: Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • You will then choose a further three option modules from the lists below. Two should be from Ancient History and one from Archaeology.
  • Ancient History modules
  • Classical and Hellenistic Greek States
  • Classical and Post-classical Latin
  • Roman Social History and the Roman Family
  • Religion in the Roman World
  • Archaeology modules
  • Artefact Analysis
  • Celts, Britons and Barbarians: Iron Age Europe in context
  • Heritage Skills
  • The Medieval Mediterranean World

Final Year

  • A core focus of your final year will see you write a dissertation on a topic of your choice that may be focused on either Ancient History or Archaeology, although you are encouraged to use both historical and archaeological sources in your chosen theme. You will also choose four option modules from a wide selection. These are chiefly taught in smaller group sizes, which will help you to handle historical problems at a more advanced theoretical level, and to refine your skills in evaluating evidence and drawing conclusions from it.

Core modules

  • Fieldwork 2
  • Archaeology Dissertation (double module)

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World
  • Textiles, Dress and Identity in the Roman World
  • Great Greek Monuments
  • Early Christian Europe
  • Archaeozoology
  • Warfare, Conflict and Violence in the Human Past
  • Archaeology of Islamic Societies
  • South Asian Archaeology and Heritage

Plus a further two 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
  • The Archaeology of Colonialism in the Americas
  • Plants and People
  • Power and Difference in the Past

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 simply continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK Students

  • Starting in 2022
  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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