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Ancient History with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Swansea University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Singleton Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary


Ancient History explores and examines the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome - and their interactions with the world beyond. Such civilisations may appear distant but remain influential even today. Studying this three-year BA degree will introduce you to theories, methodologies, and sources (including archaeology) to help you grasp the variety of lived experience in the ancient world. We will help you to develop a very particular set of skills in appreciating, understanding, and presenting evidence. The rigour we aim to foster in your thinking will open up a range of exciting career opportunities for you in a wide range of professions.

You’ll have the chance to get to grips with Greek and Roman history and society, architecture and archaeology, warfare and empire, gender, religion, politics and economics - or learn about ancient Egypt. You can also learn ancient Greek or Latin.

If you so desire, you will have the option to study a semester abroad in a location such as the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, or Singapore, during your second year, or to spend a full year abroad after your second year.

We have a Study Trip module which affords you the opportunity to bolster your in-depth study of classical lands overseas by seeing one in real life.


You can choose to study a great selection of topics in our discipline, working with world-recognised experts in the field. We have expertise in, and regularly publish on, areas from the Greek city states and their geographers, Cyprus through the ages, and Alexander the Great to Roman Syria, Pompeii, and the bishops and emperors of the later Roman empire.

Your degree programme will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, and seminars; we offer numerous creative and engaging modes of tailored assessment, including blogposts, presentations, and website design, alongside exams, essays, and the third-year dissertation.

During your Ancient History degree, in our close-knit community, you will each have an academic mentor from among the teaching staff to lend academic support. The Society for Ancient Studies organises social and cultural events, including museum trips.

To enhance your career prospects, we offer the opportunity to sign up for various employability and engagement-related placements, such as the Week of Work. Our staff have contacts in the heritage sector, and you can volunteer at local museums while you are here, including our own fabulous Egypt Centre, which houses over 5,000 archaeological objects.


Students of Ancient History typically develop excellent presentation and writing abilities, related to research, analysis, and problem solving. You will learn to develop your ideas in a wide range of formats applicable to your life after university.

Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Heritage and Tourism
  • Teaching
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Business and Management
  • Politics and Civil Service

Application deadline

15 January

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University information

Swansea University

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  • Campus address

    Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales

Swansea University, established in 1920 is renowned for its research reputation, teaching excellence and its unique seafront location.
Swansea is an international university with students from over 130 countries and a strong international academic community.
The university has a friendly campus community, offering specialist support for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 24

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    107 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.30 86%



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