Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Ancient History and Archaeology

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Course summary

Our BA Ancient History and Archaeology allows you to combine and pursue your interests in the history and archaeology of the ancient world. We will equip you to study the Greek and Roman past through textual and archaeological evidence, from Greek pottery to Roman inscriptions, ancient cities to classical authors. You will study a broad chronological and geographical sweep, with topics including:

  • the rise of the Greek city-states
  • Classical Athens
  • the foundations of the Roman Empire
  • the transformation of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity
  • the Byzantine Empire from the foundation of Constantinople to the medieval period.
You will learn the essential analytical techniques of archaeology to develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the interpretation of material remains. This ancient history and archaeology degree is ideal if you are interested in understanding the ancient past through words, texts, objects, buildings and places. We will also encourage you to question accepted histories, to construct and present convincing historical and archaeological arguments using texts, images, and material objects and remains as evidence. Highlights
  • The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
  • Birkbeck was ranked in the top eight universities in the UK for its History research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • Our research is unique in its range across geographical and chronological boundaries. We are the only university department in London to include historians, classicists and archaeologists investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. We see the study of the past as crucial for our understanding of present-day society, culture and politics.
  • We are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. Situated very close by are: the Institute of Classical Studies, with its library, training facilities and seminars; the British Museum, with its extensive collection of classical antiquities; and the British Library, the largest national library in the world.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in archaeology, conservation, education, and local and national government roles. Possible professions include:
  • archaeologist
  • heritage manager
  • museum/gallery curator.
The degree will provide you with a host of transferable skills, including the analysis and critique of complex archaeological and textual sources. We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

A mixture of essays, projects and unseen written examinations, plus a 10,000-word dissertation.


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES If you need extra support before starting an undergraduate degree, we offer a BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Foundation Year degree, which provides an extra year of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in History and Archaeology can lead to exemption from Year 1.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £14560* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
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