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Ancient History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    St John's College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This joint honours degree enables you to combine modules in Ancient History from the Department of Classics and Ancient History with those offered by the Department of Archaeology. The balance is broadly equal, but by Year 3 you can, if you wish, weight your choice of modules more to one side than the other; and the dissertation provides a further opportunity to concentrate your studies in an area that particularly interests you. **Year 1**Compulsory modules:Archaeology in BritainCities in Antiquity.Archaeology:Choose one module from:Applied Archaeological MethodsDiscovering World PrehistoryMedieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post- Medieval WorldAncient Civilisations of the EastOR: a language module.Ancient History:In Ancient History, you will take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you a grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture.Modules have previously included:Introduction to the Greek WorldMonuments and Memory in the Age of AugustusOne more module in Ancient History or a language module.**Year 2**Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.Three modules in Archaeology from:Professional Training (includes three weeks of excavation in the summer preceding Level 2)Developing Archaeological ResearchPrehistoric EuropeBecoming RomanAncient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and WestArchaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval BritainEast Mediterranean in the Bronze AgeOr a language module.**Year 3**Compulsory modules:Dissertation (double module) registered in either Classics or Archaeology.Optional modules:Choose two modules from Archaeology:Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (double module)Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single module) Current ArchaeologyAdvanced Professional TrainingInterpreting HeritageMuseum RepresentationTwo modules in Ancient History or one module from Ancient History and a language module.**Fieldwork**Fieldwork is not compulsory for Joint Honours but all Joint Honours students are encouraged to attend three weeks at our field school in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of their choice in the second year.Joint Honours students may only take one language module in a year.For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our webpages: https://www.dur.ac.uk/classics/, https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/faculty.handbook/degrees/frameworks/vf14.pdfWe review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,800per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


University information

Durham University

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    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 32

    4th out of 25 1

  • Entry standards

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    162 80%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    197 95%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%



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