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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

    College of St Hild and St Bede

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • 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; 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’ll 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 (Year 4 if taking a Year Abroad)**Compulsory modules: Dissertation (double module) registered in either Classics or Archaeology.Examples of 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.Joint Honours students may only take one language module in a year.**Fieldwork**Fieldwork is not compulsory for Joint Honours but 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.**Study Abroad****Classics and Ancient History:** The course includes an optional European Studies element, where you may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university. The department of Classics and Ancient History currently has exchange links with universities in Belgium (Liege), France (Bordeaux), Germany (Tubingen, Munich), Greece (Athens), Italy (Bologna, Rome, Milan, Vercelli), the Netherlands (Free University, Amsterdam, Groningen), Spain (Seville) and Switzerland (Fribourg). Students interested in studying abroad should apply to transfer to the European Studies course after their first year of study.**Archaeology:** We currently have links with the universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Mainz (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as Bergen (Norway) and Koc (Turkey). Like the Year Abroad these exchanges involve inserting an extra year into the degree between the second and final years. If your application for a place is successful, you’ll transfer from the three-year to a four-year version of the degree. Students also have the opportunity to participate in excavations run by members of staff and colleagues of other universities at various places around the world.We review course structures and core content every year and will publish finalised core requirements for 2022 entry from September 2021. Please note the list of optional modules available in any year vary depending on available teaching staff.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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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.

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University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    6th

  • Campus address

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

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

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  • Student satisfaction

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