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BA Ancient History and Archaeology
Combine the classical history of the Mediterranean world with a global view of archaeology.

BA Ancient History and Archaeology / Course details

Year of entry: 2017

Course description

'Throughout the entire degree you will have the opportunity to study ancient languages as part of your programme, or else select more fieldwork-based or optional modules BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology is a joint degree which combines two disciplines and provides students with a knowledge of two complementary approaches to the past. Students are provided with training in essential historical skills and given a broad background to the classical history of the Mediterranean World (including Greek and Roman history, theory and methodology) and a global view of archaeology (Old and New World from the Neolithic to the post-Medieval period, as well as theory and practice of archaeology).

Aims

The course aims to:

  • develop and encourage students' interest in the past;
  • train students in the critical study of historical documents and the techniques and methods of archaeology;
  • provide a broadly-based and challenging curriculum including course units that are innovative and stimulating, draw upon the research expertise of the teaching staff, and are examined by a range of methods of assessment;
  • introduce students, within the context of specific historical and archaeological courses, to a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies;
  • help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study;
  • produce graduates with the transferable skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.

Special features

  • Fieldwork is a central component of archaeology programmes; two weeks of excavation are compulsory at both first- and second-year level and we encourage you to seek further training throughout your degree
  • Opportunities for fieldwork are offered in Britain (e.g. Manchester, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Scotland, Southern England) and abroad (e.g. Cyprus, Turkey, Ghana and Easter Island).

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Sweden) and the Worldwide Exchange scheme (eg. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore). For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/studyabroad/

Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching methods are used, including teaching by seminar, lectures, individual supervision of dissertations and fieldwork. The precise methods depend on the programme you are taking. Archaeology fieldwork includes one day site visits as well as extensive periods of excavation in locations as close as Stonehenge and Orkney and as distant as Africa and the Middle East. The School subsidises the cost of fieldwork.

Coursework and assessment

A broad range of coursework involving lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, group work and projects and individual research through the preparation of a portfolio and dissertation. Archaeological field training involves a variety of assessment over a range of skills and techniques.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to World Archaeology ARGY10131 20 Mandatory
Constructing Archaic Greek History CLAH10011 20 Mandatory
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC CLAH10022 20 Mandatory
Living and Dying in the Ancient World SALC10121 20 Mandatory
History of Archaeology ARGY10062 20 Optional
Themes in Archaeology ARGY10072 20 Optional
Introduction to European Archaeology ARGY10122 20 Optional
Introduction to World Archaeology ARGY10131 20 Optional
Introduction to Archaeological Practice ARGY10501 20 Optional
Catullus CLAH10002 20 Optional
The Odyssey CLAH10101 20 Optional
From Pillar to Pots: An Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology CLAH10121 20 Optional
Stories and Storytelling in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds CLAH10212 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CLAH10231 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CLAH20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CLAH20171 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CLAH30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CLAH30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CLAH30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CLAH30182 20 Optional
Standing on The Shoulders of Giants: Foundations for Study in The Arts SALC10002 20 Optional
The Medieval World SALC10112 20 Optional
Science & the Modern World UCIL10221 10 Optional
Science and the Modern World (20 Credits) UCIL10721 20 Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental Impact UCIL13301 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20002 20 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20081 20 Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Multilingual Manchester (Societal Multilingualism) UCIL20102 10 Optional
Science, the Media and the Public UCIL20181 10 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20282 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20331 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Critical Issues in Environmental History UCIL20592 20 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20782 20 Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21000 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21001 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21002 10 Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising World UCIL21102 10 Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and Biomedicine UCIL21202 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable Society UCIL21402 10 Optional
Security and Surveillance UCIL21701 20 Optional
Body, Health and Well-Being UCIL21802 10 Optional
Humanitarian Challenges in an Unequal World UCIL21902 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22001 10 Optional
Curating Culture UCIL22302 10 Optional
Global Citizenship and Sustainability UCIL22501 10 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23101 20 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23301 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24141 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24151 20 Optional
The Digital Society UCIL25002 10 Optional
"You can't say that!" UCIL28002 10 Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of Today UCIL29002 10 Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB) UCIL29512 10 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30332 20 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30832 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32011 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32511 20 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33501 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 68 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Architecture of Early Modern Europe 1450-1750 AHVS22212 20 Optional
Archaeology Long Essay ARGY20001 20 Optional
Roman Archaeology: Identity and Society ARGY20042 20 Optional
Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis ARGY20082 20 Optional
Theory and Philosophy of Archaeology ARGY20111 20 Optional
Fieldwork, Practice and Interpretation ARGY20502 20 Optional
European Prehistory ARGY20932 20 Optional
Changing Worlds in the Near East and East Mediterranean ARGY20941 20 Optional
Material Worlds: objects, architecture, landscape ARGY20951 20 Optional
Pacific and Australian Archaeology ARGY20962 20 Optional
The World of Late Antiquity: Europe and the Med from the Severan Dynasty to the Rise of Islam CLAH20022 20 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes: Late Republican Life and Letters CLAH20031 20 Optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CLAH20041 20 Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CLAH20051 20 Optional
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CLAH20062 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CLAH20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CLAH20171 20 Optional
Classics and Ancient History Long Essay CLAH20390 20 Optional
Classics and Ancient History Long Essay CLAH20391 20 Optional
The Poetry of Ovid CLAH21261 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CLAH30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CLAH30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CLAH30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CLAH30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CLAH30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CLAH30220 20 Optional
Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life in Lucretius and Georgics of Virgil CLAH30292 20 Optional
Careers and Project Management Skills for Arts, Languages and Cultures SALC20401 20 Optional
Science & the Modern World UCIL10221 10 Optional
Science and the Modern World (20 Credits) UCIL10721 20 Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental Impact UCIL13301 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20002 20 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20081 20 Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Multilingual Manchester (Societal Multilingualism) UCIL20102 10 Optional
Science, the Media and the Public UCIL20181 10 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20282 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20331 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Critical Issues in Environmental History UCIL20592 20 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20782 20 Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21000 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21001 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21002 10 Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising World UCIL21102 10 Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and Biomedicine UCIL21202 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable Society UCIL21402 10 Optional
Security and Surveillance UCIL21701 20 Optional
Body, Health and Well-Being UCIL21802 10 Optional
Humanitarian Challenges in an Unequal World UCIL21902 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22001 10 Optional
Curating Culture UCIL22302 10 Optional
Global Citizenship and Sustainability UCIL22501 10 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23101 20 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23301 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24141 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24151 20 Optional
The Digital Society UCIL25002 10 Optional
"You can't say that!" UCIL28002 10 Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of Today UCIL29002 10 Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB) UCIL29512 10 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30332 20 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30832 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32011 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32511 20 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33501 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 74 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Issues and Controversies in Ancient History and Archaeology ARGY30011 20 Mandatory
Dissertation ARGY30000 40 Optional
Neolithic Britain ARGY30131 20 Optional
The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Sanctuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete ARGY30222 20 Optional
Empire, Industry and the Modern Era ARGY30242 20 Optional
Theory and Practice in Archaeology ARGY30501 20 Optional
Traditions and Transitions: Complex Societies in the Near East (7,000 - 3,000BC) ARGY30911 20 Optional
Dissertation CLAH30030 40 Optional
Exile CLAH30251 20 Optional
Roman Love Elegy CLAH30271 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CLAH30422 20 Optional
Empire, War & Diplomacy in Classical Greece CLAH30461 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CLAH30882 20 Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek World CLAH30992 20 Optional
Greek Tragedy CLAH31012 20 Optional
The World of Rome: Society and Culture 100BC - AD300 CLAH31252 20 Optional
The Poetry of Ovid CLAH31261 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CLAH31432 20 Optional
Gods, Kings and Heroes: The poetry of Archaic Greece CLAH34101 20 Optional
Science & the Modern World UCIL10221 10 Optional
Science and the Modern World (20 Credits) UCIL10721 20 Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental Impact UCIL13301 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20002 20 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20081 20 Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Multilingual Manchester (Societal Multilingualism) UCIL20102 10 Optional
Science, the Media and the Public UCIL20181 10 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20282 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20331 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Critical Issues in Environmental History UCIL20592 20 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20782 20 Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21000 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21001 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21002 10 Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising World UCIL21102 10 Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and Biomedicine UCIL21202 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable Society UCIL21402 10 Optional
Security and Surveillance UCIL21701 20 Optional
Body, Health and Well-Being UCIL21802 10 Optional
Humanitarian Challenges in an Unequal World UCIL21902 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22001 10 Optional
Curating Culture UCIL22302 10 Optional
Global Citizenship and Sustainability UCIL22501 10 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23101 20 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23301 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24141 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24151 20 Optional
The Digital Society UCIL25002 10 Optional
"You can't say that!" UCIL28002 10 Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of Today UCIL29002 10 Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB) UCIL29512 10 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30332 20 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30832 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32011 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32511 20 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33501 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 65 course units for year 3

What our students say

The best thing about studying Ancient History and Archaeology is that the broad nature of the topic gives me a better understanding of the world around me today, and how to think deeply about how the problems of today's world can be better solved. (Matthew Stephen Riley, BA Ancient History and Archaeology)

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk