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

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BA Ancient History and Archaeology / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Our BA Ancient History and Archaeology joint honours course will enable you to combine the science of archaeology with the culture and history of ancient civilisations in your studies.

The study of people lies at the heart of our courses, such as exploring how the Roman Empire used architecture as a political statement. Yet we also use scientific techniques to examine ancient objects, human remains and landscapes.

You will study the ancient Mediterranean empires alongside the archaeology of Britain, Western Europe, the Greek and Roman worlds, the Near East and Australasia.

Throughout the course, you'll have opportunity to study ancient languages and to conduct expert-led archaeological fieldwork, gaining knowledge of two complementary approaches to the past while gaining key skills in analysis and interpretation.

Study with us and you'll explore artefacts, architecture, ancient texts and beliefs using our well-equipped laboratories, our own departmental teaching collections, and the exclusive archives and curatorial expertise of Manchester Museum.

Special features

Experience digs in the UK and abroad

Fieldwork training  is an integral part of our course in all years, and you'll be introduced to excavation techniques by experienced archaeologists.

Placement year option

Apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year  in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks.

Study abroad

You may apply to spend one semester  studying abroad  during Year 2. Destination-specific specialisms such as Inuit material culture, Australian rock art, or Scandinavian hoards could shape your final year dissertation.

You'll have the opportunity to join research teams who are, for example, exploring Bronze Age settlements in Cyprus, ancient art and artefacts in Jersey or colonial sites in Australia. You will work with practiced archaeologists to make discoveries that help shape our knowledge of the world.

Explore in-depth collections on campus

Discover artefacts, architecture, ancient texts and beliefs using our well-equipped laboratories, our own departmental teaching collections and the exclusive archives and curatorial expertise of  Manchester Museum  .

Outreach and engagement

You'll have the opportunity to share your passion for archaeology through community and public engagement projects.

Teaching and learning

You'll benefit from a breadth of teaching methods designed to develop your transferable skills, including:

  • tutorials;
  • seminars;
  • laboratory sessions;
  • lectures;
  • fieldwork;
  • one-to-one tutorials;
  • group exercises;
  • presentations;
  • reports;
  • original research guided by academic tutors.

Subsidised fieldwork includes one-day site visits as well as extensive periods of excavation in locations as close as Stonehenge and Orkney or as distant as Africa and the Middle East.

You'll also learn within our archaeological labs, where you'll use microscopes, digital cameras, delicate measuring equipment and portable XRF to analyse and record objects. You can access training in digital illustration and GIS packages to support this activity and loan landscape survey and geophysics equipment for fieldwork.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment methods include:

  • written examinations;
  • coursework essays;
  • research reports;
  • practical tests;
  • fieldwork workbooks;
  • individual projects;
  • oral presentations;
  • third year dissertation;
  • digital posters;
  • audio performances.

In addition, archaeology 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
Constructing Archaic Greek History CAHE10011 20 Mandatory
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC CAHE10022 20 Mandatory
Discoveries and Discoverers: Sights and Sites CAHE10281 20 Mandatory
Living and Dying in the Ancient World CAHE10602 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology CAHE10122 20 Optional
The Making of the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean Worlds. CAHE10131 20 Optional
The Story of Britain CAHE10142 20 Optional
Stories and Storytelling in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds CAHE10211 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CAHE10231 20 Optional
Understanding the Past: Human Stories through Science CAHE10341 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
Doing Archaeology 1 CAHE10502 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
The Odyssey CLAH10101 20 Optional
Standing on The Shoulders of Giants: Foundations for Study in The Arts SALC10002 20 Optional
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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
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CAHE20042 20 Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CAHE20052 20 Optional
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CAHE20061 20 Optional
People Behind the Patterns CAHE20082 20 Optional
Thinking Archaeology CAHE20111 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Sanctuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete CAHE20221 20 Optional
Doing Archaeology 2 CAHE20502 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CAHE20531 20 Optional
Origins and Transformations: Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe CAHE20561 20 Optional
The Archaeology of Ritual CAHE20992 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE21431 20 Optional
Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt CAHE21442 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CAHE30220 20 Optional
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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
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology Dissertation CAHE30000 40 Optional
Athens and Attica CAHE30052 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CAHE30220 20 Optional
The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Santuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete CAHE30221 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 3 CAHE30310 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 3 CAHE30320 20 Optional
Artefacts and Interpretation CAHE30362 20 Optional
Ancient Medicine CAHE30381 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30441 20 Optional
Why the Past Matters CAHE30501 20 Optional
Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe CAHE30561 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30882 20 Optional
Origins of States: The Archaeology of Urbanism in the Near East CAHE30912 20 Optional
The Archaeology of Ritual CAHE30992 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CAHE31401 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE31431 20 Optional
The Hellenistic World: History and Archaeology CAHE34322 20 Optional
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Facilities

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum is the University's own award-winning facility, home to important prehistoric, classical and ethnographic collections, which you'll draw from in your learning.

You'll go behind-the-scenes to handle, analyse and interpret rare artefacts, including one of the finest Egyptology collections in Britain.

Our ongoing collaboration between the museum and the global work of archaeology staff offers unique opportunities for students to get involved in the design of major exhibitions.

Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery holds important archaeological textile collections, and art and sculpture on themes such as landscape as part of its broader internationally significant collections.

Archaeological laboratories

You'll learn within our archaeological labs, where you'll use microscopes, digital cameras, delicate measuring equipment and portable XRF to analyse and record objects. You can also access training in digital illustration and GIS packages to support this activity and loan landscape survey and geophysics equipment for fieldwork. Our labs are supported by a dedicated technician who can offer training and assistance.

Field survey equipment

Equipment to support your studies includes three total stations and a traverse kit, a sub metre GPS survey system, a drone and professional photography equipment. Several of our lab-based resources can also be used in the field, including our PXRF instrument, ProScope and 3D scanner.

Find out more on the facilities pages for Classics and 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