BA Ancient History and History / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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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.
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.
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
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
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
|Constructing Archaic Greek History||CAHE10011||20||Mandatory|
|From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC||CAHE10022||20||Mandatory|
|History in Practice||HIST10101||20||Mandatory|
|The Making of the Mediterranean||CAHE10132||20||Optional|
|The Story of Britain||CAHE10141||20||Optional|
|Cities and Citizens||CAHE10231||20||Optional|
|Discoveries and Discoverers: Sights and Sites||CAHE10282||20||Optional|
|Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt||CAHE10651||20||Optional|
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Course content for year 2
Course units for year 2
|The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age||CAHE20052||20||Mandatory|
|Politics and Society in Classical Greece||CAHE20061||20||Mandatory|
|Work and Play in the USA, 1880-2020||AMER20112||20||Optional|
|From Jamestown to James Brown: African-American History and Culture||AMER20141||20||Optional|
|The American Civil War||AMER21001||20||Optional|
|The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great||CAHE20041||20||Optional|
|Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE)||CAHE20442||20||Optional|
|Roman Women in 22 Objects||CAHE20532||20||Optional|
|Slavery in the Ancient Greek World||CAHE24502||20||Optional|
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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 Visual Culture of US Empire||AMER30521||20||Optional|
|Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology Dissertation||CAHE30000||40||Optional|
|Through Cicero's Eyes||CAHE30031||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|
|Advanced Latin Language 3||CAHE30310||20||Optional|
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What our students say
What I love about Manchester is that it doesn't just explore history from the official perspective.
You can explore it from a cultural perspective, from a feminist perspective, those who have maybe been left behind.
Xenia Bellwood, History BA
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 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.