Ancient History and History BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our Ancient History and History BA allows you to combine the study of the classical world with medieval and modern history. This course will provide you with an understanding of societies and cultures from a rich variety of historical periods. It will give you the opportunity to engage with themes that transcend all ages, such as identity, democracy and empire, and recognise aspects of the human experience that are constant as well as those that have changed with time.
  • You will discover the societies and cultures of the past, travelling as far back as early Greece and imperial Rome and moving through history to the present day. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in many periods of ancient and modern history through a wide range of option modules, enabling you to analyse a diversity of source types and to tackle themes that re-occur and change throughout history.
  • You will also have scope to gain experience with local heritage organisations and schools through Year 3 module placements and our accredited internship programme.
  • The School of Archaeology and 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

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

  • In your first year you will split your studies equally between the disciplines of Ancient History and History: in Ancient History you will take core modules in which you will gain key insights into the span and names of ancient Greek and Roman history, and will critically explore the types of textual guides to these cultures. In History, the core modules will cover medieval to early modern history and approaches, while options take you through 18th to 20th century British to world history.

Core modules

  • Approaching Ancient Evidence (Greek)
  • Introduction to Greek History
  • Barbarism and Civilisation: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • The Shock of the Modern
  • Approaching Ancient Evidence (Roman)
  • Introduction to Roman History

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the present
  • Great Britain: The State We're In
  • US History since 1877
  • Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation

Year 2

  • In your second year you will continue to balance your BA studies equally between the two disciplines. You will have more opportunity to shape the course of your degree this year as you will be able to choose option modules from a rich array of topics in Ancient History and History that interest you the most. In addition you will take a core module focusing on the critical assessment of sources and methods in Ancient History.
  • If you aim to write your third year dissertation on an area of History rather than Ancient History then you must take the option module ‘The Historian’s Craft’.

Core module

  • The Roman Principate

Option modules

Choose one ancient history option module from:

  • The Ancient Near East
  • Religion in the Roman World
  • Greek History in 40 Lives
  • Archaeology of the Roman Empire

Then choose one history option module from:

  • Religious History
  • Histories of Violence
  • Global Cities

Then choose one history option module from:

  • Americas Plural: Latin America and the United States
  • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
  • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
  • A World Connected: Welfare, Economy and Government since 1945
  • Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

Then choose two ancient history 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
  • The Medieval Mediterranean World
  • Plus either Becoming the Historical Researcher (you must choose this if you plan to write your third year dissertation on history)

Two more history option modules: choose one option module from:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
  • And one option module from:
  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
  • From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society, and Culture in North America
  • History in the Classroom
  • Living with Dictatorship: European Societies, 1918-1941
  • Holy Wars in Sacred Lands: Conflict and Coexistence during the Crusades
  • Heritage Field Project
  • Final Year (Ancient History dissertation)

Modules

Choose one History option module from:

  • The Holocaust: Genocide in Europe
  • After Hitler: Society, Culture and The Politics of The Nazi Past in The Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • Beauty, Sex & Science: Whose Body is it Anyway c.1550-2015?
  • A Sea of Conflict? Christian Muslim Encounters c.1100-c.1300
  • How Soon is Now? A Social History of Urban England, 1945-1985
  • The Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Choose one Ancient History option module 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 
  • And then one Ancient History option module 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 

And one History option module from:

  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century 
  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947
  • Plus your Ancient History Dissertation

Final Year (History dissertation)

Modules

  • Choose five option modules from the lists below, three from the lists marked A and two from the lists marked B. At least one – but no more than two – of your option modules should be in history.

Ancient History modules list A

  • 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

History modules list A

  • The USA and the Vietnam War
  • Crime and Punishment in African American History
  • Food, Diet and Health in Early Modern Europe
  • The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947
  • Disasporas and Migrations in the Modern World
  • Gender, Crime and Deviance in Eighteenth Century Britain

Ancient History modules list B

  • 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 

History modules list B

  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939 
  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914 
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World
  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
  • Plus your History dissertation 

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.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £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 £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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