University of Reading

Ancient History and History University of Reading Degree level: Undergraduate


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Journey through your favourite historical periods, from ancient Greece through Medieval Europe to Cold War Britain. This course enables you to study the classical world alongside modern history.

Ancient History gives you an understanding of the cultures and societies of the Greek and Roman worlds, a period spanning from 2000 BC to around 600 AD, while modern history focuses on the era from the Crusades to the 1960s.

Learn about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds from 2000BC to around 600AD. These worlds cover parts of modern Africa, Asia and Europe. Discover them in their political, literary, social, culture and religious contexts.

Address important modern questions and trace them back to their roots, exploring different periods of ancient history through both literary and material sources. Enhance your knowledge of the ancient world through optional Latin and Greek language modules, or deepen your understanding through hands-on experience with artefacts from the Ure Museum. You can also discover ancient Egyptian and Anatolian civilisation, work on digital reconstructions and design your own assignments and projects.

Explore the last thousand years. History explores the past and what it means to be human. Examine different historical periods before pursing your own interests later in the course.

Our experts will take you on a journey through Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia over the last thousand years. Learn about a diverse range of societies, cultures and individuals while developing the skills and approaches desirable in a wide range of careers. Our degrees are highly flexible. Immerse yourself in modules covering subjects such as magic, witchcraft and heresy, fascism and communism, gender and culture, and politics and colonialism. We take an individual approach to our students' learning, which is reflected in our 90% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey 2017.

Choose one of the History Department's popular employability modules and gain useful transferable skills and work experience. The University also offers all students the chance learn a modern language alongside their core subjects.

Apply for our annual travel bursary to undertake independent study-related travel and gain experience of ancient sites. Or study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, which both offer summer school opportunities.

Both the Ancient History and History Departments benefit from a dedicated placements officer to help with CV writing and letters of application. History's "Discovering archives" module is ideal if you are interested in a career in libraries or archives, while "Going public" provides an insight into heritage and museum work. The University's museums also provide a number of voluntary placements.

Choose to study abroad for part of your degree through our Erasmus+ programme, to gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.


A degree in Ancient History and History will provide you with a range of transferable skills. Historians have to analyse a wide variety of sources to produce reasoned conclusions, and this helps develop clear thinking, written and oral communication skills, time management, adaptability, independence, and the ability to understand different cultures.

Choose to study abroad and you will develop further desirable skills such as independence, knowledge of different cultures, international communication skills and adaptability.

Previous graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, heritage and museums, teaching and media research and production. Past employers include GCHQ, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the University of Oxford and Sotheby's.

Course details


Sample modules may include:

*Greek history: war, society and change in the Archaic Age

*Roman history: the rise and fall of the Republic

*Directed study in history

*Landmarks in history 1

*Landmarks in history 2

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code V117
Institution code R12
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM including relevant history modules or A Level in History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 30 credits
including at least 15 level 3 credits in History or A Level in History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Scottish Higher ABBBB History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2 Principal subjects must include History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation.
Extended Project B In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade 5 at Higher Level.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced A We require a grade A or 200 overall.
Cambridge English Proficiency C We require a grade C or 200 overall.
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own Test 7.0 Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
PTE Academic 67.0 We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT) 100.0 We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.
Trinity ISE Pass Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,890 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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University of Reading
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PO Box 217

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