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BA Ancient History and History / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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

You'll take course units that will introduce you to the methods and practice of the study of ancient and modern history.

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 CAHE10141 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Histories of the Islamic World HIST10171 20 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST10181 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
Living and Dying in the Ancient World SALC10602 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Specialist course units on Greek and Roman history are a central element of your second year and there will be a wide range of topics on medieval and modern history.

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 CAHE20051 20 Mandatory
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CAHE20062 20 Mandatory
Work and Play in the USA, 1880-2010 AMER20112 20 Optional
From Jamestown to James Brown: African-American History and Culture AMER20141 20 Optional
American Civil War AMER21001 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
The World of Late Antiquity: Europe and the Med from the Severan Dynasty to the Rise of Islam CAHE20022 20 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes CAHE20032 20 Optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CAHE20041 20 Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CAHE20051 20 Optional
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CAHE20062 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE20441 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CAHE20532 20 Optional
Greek Tragedy CAHE21012 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CAHE21041 20 Optional
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy CAHE21052 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE21431 20 Optional
Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt CAHE21441 20 Optional
Finding Happiness in the Ancient World CAHE24402 20 Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek World CAHE24501 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
Ancient Greek Mythology CLAH20221 20 Optional
Exile CLAH20252 20 Optional
Imagined Worlds: Fiction and Desire in Latin and Greek Poetry CLAH20362 20 Optional
The Poetry of Ovid CLAH21261 20 Optional
Digital Tools for the Humanities DIGI20020 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 HIST20252 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 HIST21122 20 Optional
From Catastrophe to Crusade: Europe in the Aftermath of the Vikings HIST21141 20 Optional
The Stuff of History: Objects Across Borders, 1500-1800 HIST21152 20 Optional
Histories of the Islamic World HIST21191 20 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST21201 20 Optional
From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics HSTM20031 10 Optional
From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics HSTM20081 20 Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History HSTM20092 10 Optional
Information visions: past, present and future HSTM20282 10 Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History HSTM20592 20 Optional
Information visions: past, present and future HSTM20782 20 Optional
Aesthetics and Politics of Italian Fascism ITAL20501 20 Optional
Renaissance Florence: Culture, History and Art ITAL20622 20 Optional
Themes in the Histories of Arab and Jewish Nationalisms MEST20271 20 Optional
History of Modern Islamic Thought MEST20501 20 Optional
Religion, Culture and Gender RELT20121 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
Goddesses, Demons and Stories in South Asian History: From Early Epics to the Present Day RELT21222 20 Optional
100 Years of Revolution: Russia from Lenin to Putin RUSS20242 20 Optional
The Making of Modern Russia RUSS20251 20 Optional
The 1989 Revolutions and their Aftermaths RUSS20472 20 Optional
Data Analysis and Reasoning in a Digital World SALC20082 20 Optional
All about Eve: Encountering the First Woman from Antiquity to Today SALC21132 20 Optional
History of Latin America SPLA20362 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 62 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In your final year there will be a range of specialist options in Greek, Roman and modern history. Those who have done well in the second year Long Essay will have the opportunity to write a 12,000 word dissertation on an ancient or modern historical topic.

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
The World of Late Antiquity: Europe and the Med from the Severan Dynasty to the Rise of Islam CAHE30022 20 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes CAHE30032 20 Optional
Athens and Attica CAHE30052 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
Survive and Thrive: Parties, Politics and Poetry in Horace CAHE30251 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 3 CAHE30310 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 3 CAHE30320 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30441 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30882 20 Optional
Origins of States: The Archaeology of Urbanism in the Near East CAHE30911 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CAHE31041 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CAHE31401 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE31431 20 Optional
National Identity and the Roman Past CAHE33021 20 Optional
Nature, Poetry, and Art: Ancient Pastoral and its Reception CAHE34201 20 Optional
The Hellenistic World: History and Archaeology CAHE34322 20 Optional
Finding Happiness in the Ancient World CAHE34402 20 Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek World CAHE34501 20 Optional
Heritage and Reception CAHE34601 20 Optional
Ancient Greek Mythology CAHE34702 20 Optional
Screening the Holocaust GERM30481 20 Optional
Culture and Society in Germany 1871-1918 GERM30722 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
Refugees in Modern World History, 1914 to the Present HIST30941 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 HIST31342 20 Optional
The Great Irish Famine and Its Impact, 1845-1900 HIST31451 20 Optional
The Holocaust: History, Historiography, Memory HIST31491 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 HIST31552 20 Optional
Defining the Deviant: Crime and British Society, 1888-2000 HIST31592 20 Optional
The Black Freedom Movement, 1955-1975 HIST31752 20 Optional
War, Memory and Politics of Commemoration in Eastern Europe HIST31841 20 Optional
Seaborne State? Venice and the East 1150-1550 HIST31861 20 Optional
Culture in Ottoman Society, ca. 1300-1800 HIST31872 20 Optional
Material Encounters in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 HIST31881 20 Optional
'Brains and Numbers': Intellectual Life in Victorian Britain HIST31892 20 Optional
Caste Politics in Twentieth Century India HIST31912 20 Optional
Imperial Encounters, Soviet Frontiers: Nations, Borders, Migration in the Caucasus HIST31922 20 Optional
Curating War and Human Rights: methods in cultural and public history HIST32012 20 Optional
The Practice of the Past: Public History, Heritage and Museums HIST32032 20 Optional
Love and Power: Family Relationships in the British Isles, c. 1660-1837 HIST32052 20 Optional
Islam in China HIST32062 20 Optional
Spatial History: Mapping the Past HIST32112 20 Optional
From Greed to Grandezza: A History of Capitalism from the Renaissance to Modernity (1250s-1900s) HIST32122 20 Optional
Health, Development and People: The Global Journey towards Health for All HSTM30232 10 Optional
Madness and Society HSTM30832 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today HSTM31212 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today 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
Introduction to the History of the Book ITAL30431 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
Science and Islam RELT30522 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 71 course units for year 3

Facilities

The John Rylands Library

You will have access to internationally significant collections at The John Rylands Library , which include primary mediaeval and early-modernist printed sources, including approximately 12,500 books printed between 1475 and 1640 (e.g. books by Caxton. The library is also home to special collections including The Methodist Archives and Collection, The French Revolution Collection, The Women's Suffrage Movement Archive and The Labour Party Library Collections.

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.

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