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BA Ancient History and History
Study ancient, medieval and modern history for a wide range of career options.

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BA Ancient History and History / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Our BA Ancient History and History joint honours course will enable you to combine the study of ancient, medieval and modern history.

Half of the course engages with the history and culture of the Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean and its hinterland, while the other half explores medieval and contemporary history, stretching from Late Antiquity to modern day histories of globalisation.

As well as offering breadth of perspective, this course will give you training on a large variety of historiographical techniques, including specialisms which are vital tools of historical research.

You will be equipped to move into a wide range of careers or further study options.

Special features

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 can apply to spend one semester studying abroad during Year 2, with exchange partners including those in Europe as well as the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Connect with like-minded students

Our students have the opportunity to take part in history-related activities outside of the course, including the Manchester Histories Festival and our student-led publication - The Manchester Historian .

Explore world-class collections

Enjoy unique opportunities to explore special archived material and carry out research in a wide range of archives, libraries, museums and other research institutions in Manchester and beyond.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a variety of channels, including lectures, face-to-face and online seminars, small group tutorials and field trips. You'll also be encouraged to undertake independent study at every level, and to develop your own original and imaginative approaches to the subject.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit, but our basic objective is to achieve a good balance between formal examinations, continuous assessment and project work.

Your final year dissertation is a major piece of original work, accounting for 25% of your final overall mark.

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
Cities and Citizens CAHE10231 20 Mandatory
History in Practice HIST10101 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology CAHE10122 20 Optional
The Story of Britain CAHE10142 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
Living and Dying in the Ancient World CAHE10602 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Histories of the Islamic World HIST10172 20 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST10182 20 Optional
States, Nations and Empires. Europe, c.1750-1914 HIST10312 20 Optional
New Testament Greek RELT10120 20 Optional
Standing on The Shoulders of Giants: Foundations for Study in The Arts SALC10002 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 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
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CAHE20052 20 Mandatory
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CAHE20061 20 Mandatory
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CAHE20042 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CAHE20531 20 Optional
Greek Tragedy CAHE21012 20 Optional
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy CAHE21052 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE21431 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CAHE30220 20 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes: Late Republican Life and Letters CLAH20031 20 Optional
Ancient Greek Mythology CLAH20221 20 Optional
Exile CLAH20252 20 Optional
Imagined Worlds: Fiction and Desire in Latin and Greek Poetry CLAH20362 20 Optional
Classics and Ancient History Long Essay CLAH20392 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CLAH21042 20 Optional
The Poetry of Ovid CLAH21261 20 Optional
Making of the Modern Mind: European Intellectual History in a Global Context HIST20181 20 Optional
Winds of Change: Politics, Society and Culture in Britain, 1899 -1990 HIST20251 20 Optional
Independent Research Project HIST20390 20 Optional
Late Imperial China: From the Jesuits to the East India Company HIST20422 20 Optional
The Cultural History of Modern War HIST20482 20 Optional
Crisis and Prosperity in Twentieth-Century Europe HIST21112 20 Optional
Colonial Encounters: Race, Violence, and the Making of the Modern World HIST21121 20 Optional
From Catastrophe to Crusade: Europe in the Aftermath of the Vikings HIST21141 20 Optional
Biblical Hebrew RELT20140 20 Optional
New Testament in Greek II RELT20150 20 Optional
Jesus: From Jewish Messiah to Hollywood Idol RELT20711 20 Optional
Key Thinkers in the History of Western Philosophy RELT21072 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 31 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
The Visual Culture of US Empire AMER30522 20 Optional
American Hauntings AMER30811 20 Optional
Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology Dissertation CAHE30000 40 Optional
Athens and Attica CAHE30052 20 Optional
Men, Beasts and Marvels: The Limits of Nature in Classical Antiquity CAHE30062 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 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
Ancient Medicine CAHE30381 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30441 20 Optional
Plato CAHE30551 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30882 20 Optional
Greek Tragedy CAHE31012 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CAHE31401 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE31431 20 Optional
Art and Aesthetics CAHE33011 20 Optional
The Hellenistic World: History and Archaeology CAHE34322 20 Optional
Screening the Holocaust GERM30481 20 Optional
Culture and Society in Germany 1871-1918 GERM30721 20 Optional
London and Modernity 1880-1960 HIST30102 20 Optional
'A Nation In The Making': India, 1800-1947 HIST30291 20 Optional
Empire, Gender and British Heroes, c.1885 - 2000 HIST30621 20 Optional
Thesis (40 credits) HIST30970 40 Optional
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Africa HIST31001 20 Optional
China & the West: From the Opium War to the Olympic Games HIST31201 20 Optional
Contesting the Supernatural in the Early Modern British Isles, c. 1600-1800 HIST31292 20 Optional
Sex, Drugs and Shopping: Readdressing Inter-war Britain HIST31341 20 Optional
'First Modern Economy' and 'First Industrial Nation': The Netherlands, England, c.1600-1850 HIST31382 20 Optional
The Great Irish Famine and Its Impact, 1845-1900 HIST31451 20 Optional
The Comparative and Transnational History of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany HIST31521 20 Optional
John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1960s HIST31551 20 Optional
Defining the Deviant: Crime and British Society, 1888-2000 HIST31591 20 Optional
Christ's Knights: Hospitallers and Templars in the Latin East and Beyond HIST31621 20 Optional
The Aftermath of War in France, Britain and Germany: Violence and Reconstruction after WW1 and WW2 HIST31671 20 Optional
Capital and Commodities in Victorian Britain: an Economic and Social History HIST31701 20 Optional
Fire, Famine and Flood: An Environmental History of England, 1500-1800 HIST31712 20 Optional
The Black Freedom Movement, 1955-1975 HIST31751 20 Optional
Savagery and Civilisation: Early European Encounters with the New World, c. 1492-1628 HIST31782 20 Optional
War, Memory and Politics of Commemoration in Eastern Europe HIST31842 20 Optional
Seaborne State? Venice and the East 1150-1550 HIST31861 20 Optional
Culture in Ottoman Society, ca. 1300-1800 HIST31871 20 Optional
Material Encounters in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 HIST31881 20 Optional
'Brains and Numbers': Intellectual Life in Victorian Britain HIST31891 20 Optional
Caste Politics in Twentieth Century India HIST31911 20 Optional
From Imperial Encounters to Soviet Frontiers: Migration, Displacement and Diaspora in the Caucasus HIST31922 20 Optional
Becoming Christian in The Early Middle Ages HIST31952 20 Optional
The Normans between Islam and Byzantium: multicultural encounters in the Mediterranean World HIST31991 20 Optional
Establishing Empire: The English Atlantic World, 1585-1655 HIST32002 20 Optional
Curating War and Human Rights: methods in cultural and public history HIST32011 20 Optional
Responses to Globalisation, 1450-1650 HIST32021 20 Optional
Madness and Society HSTM30832 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age HSTM31212 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age HSTM31712 20 Optional
From Sherlock Holmes to CSI: a history of forensic medicine HSTM32011 10 Optional
From Sherlock Holmes to CSI: a history of forensic medicine HSTM32511 20 Optional
Climate Change & Society HSTM33201 10 Optional
Climate Change & Society HSTM33501 20 Optional
Madness and Society HSTM40332 20 Optional
Beyond the Text: The Book and its Body ITAL30432 20 Optional
Bodies, Sex and Gender in Japan JAPA33071 20 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Enterprise Feasibility MCEL30052 10 Optional
Historical controversies in the Study of Israel/Palestine MEST30722 20 Optional
Russian Popular Culture RUSS30801 20 Optional
The Politics of Business in Latin America SPLA31092 20 Optional
History of the Spanish Atlantic World: Empire, Trade, War SPLA31151 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 71 course units for year 3

Facilities

The John Rylands Library

Exclusive access to our internationally significant collections, including:

  • printed primary mediaeval sources;
  • extensive holdings for early-modernists, including approximately 12,500 books printed between 1475 and 1640 (e.g. books by Caxton);
  • special collections including Methodist Archives and Collection; French Revolution Collection; Women's Suffrage Movement Archive; Labour Party Library Collections; other papers of prominent scientists and academics, as well as collections in diplomatic and colonial history.

More details .

Manchester Museum

The UK's leading university museum has more than four million objects spanning millennia, including one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Go behind-the-scenes to handle, analyse and interpret rare artefacts, including exclusive material specific to ancient history.

Visit the museum's website .

As a student in this historically rich city, you'll also have the opportunity to draw on the abundant library, archive and museum holdings of the local area, including Chetham's Library, The Museum of Science and Industry, The People's History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library.

The University of Manchester owns the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Tabley House, giving you unique access to outstanding cultural and historical resources.

Learn more on the Facilities pages for History and Classics and Ancient History

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