Ancient History BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V110
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Explore the political, social and cultural history of Ancient Greece and Rome; examine how individuals and communities organised themselves, met the challenges of daily life and extraordinary events, and responded to change in the context of expanding horizons, shifting power relations and radical new ideas.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

You will develop the skills to read and analyse the surviving (and sometimes conflicting) evidence, allowing you to reach and present your own judgements convincingly on a variety of complex and controversial issues. You can also study Greek and/or Latin from beginners to advanced levels.

Programme in detail

Year One develops your knowledge of the main themes and events in Greek and Roman history, and the skills required to assess them. Further modules expand the range of sources (reliefs, statues, paintings, etc) with which you are familiar, and focus on how the ancient world worked.

Year Two broadens your knowledge and improves the skills you have acquired through core modules on broad topics such as politics and the writing of histories or social and cultural aspects of class. You will study ancient texts, reflect on the nature of history and shape your programme with optional choices.

Year Three modules centre on key figures and themes. They reflect the research interests of your lecturers and allow you to enhance your skills, depth and focus. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed and independent research. You will have an expert adviser who will help you define the topic and give you advice on useful directions to take, but the subject matter itself will be your own choice.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

You will develop the skills to read and analyse the surviving (and sometimes conflicting) evidence, allowing you to reach and present your own judgements convincingly on a variety of complex and controversial issues. You can also study Greek and/or Latin from beginners to advanced levels.

Year One develops your knowledge of the main themes and events in Greek and Roman history, and the skills required to assess them. Further modules expand the range of sources (reliefs, statues, paintings, etc) with which you are familiar, and focus on how the ancient world worked.

Year Two broadens your knowledge and improves the skills you have acquired through core modules on broad topics such as politics and the writing of histories or social and cultural aspects of class. You will study ancient texts, reflect on the nature of history and shape your programme with optional choices.

Year Three modules centre on key figures and themes. They reflect the research interests of your lecturers and allow you to enhance your skills, depth and focus. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed and independent research. You will have an expert adviser who will help you define the topic and give you advice on useful directions to take, but the subject matter itself will be your own choice.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

In this programme you can combine a study of the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome equally with another subject. You will have the chance to study a wide range of periods and themes in social and cultural history.

In Year One, you develop your knowledge of the main themes and events in Greek and Roman history, and the skills required to assess them. Further modules expand the range of source material with which you are familiar.

Year Two broadens your knowledge and improves the skills you have acquired. You will study ancient texts and reflect on the nature of history.

Year Three modules centre on key figures and themes reflecting the research interests of your lecturers. You have the option of writing a dissertation on a research topic of your choice.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

Doing a Minor in Ancient History allows you to combine with your Major programme, an overview of the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome, from the archaic Greek world through to the transformation of the Roman world under Augustus.

In Year One, you develop your knowledge of the main themes and events in Greek and Roman history, and the skills required to assess them.

Year Two further develops the skills you have acquired in more depth. You will study ancient texts and reflect on the nature of history.

Year Three modules centre on key figures and themes. They reflect the research interests of your lecturers and allow you to enhance your skills, depth, and focus.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

84 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

• Ranked 11th for Archaeology in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017
• Ranked 5th for Archaeology in The Guardian University Guide 2018

National Student Survey

96% of students are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Research performance

Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Why this subject?

Bring theory to life

At Liverpool our teaching is not just paper-based; we have campus facilities that allow you to experience hands-on activities to complement your studies. You’ll be taught in our Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which holds over 40,000 artefacts, including collections from Egypt, the Aegean, Sudan, the Middle East and Great Britain. You’ll use specialised archaeological facilities in our Archaeological Research Laboratories as well as our award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting, all of which are part of our core teaching activities.

Benefit from the unique breadth of our programmes

You’ll work alongside staff who are experts in their chosen field and have developed degree programmes that fully immerse you in the subject by studying the world from human origins right through to the civilisations of Greece, Rome, the Near East and Egypt.

You can either choose to focus on a particular culture or period, or gain a broader training that combines ancient civilisations. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to explore a number of ancient languages: Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Sumerian and Akkadian.

Surround yourself with academic excellence

You’ll be studying in one of the largest and well-established departments of its kind in the world, with a community of 35 full-time academic staff all engaged in internationally recognised research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Archaeology and Egyptology staff were ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research.

Our staff specialisms include Greek and Roman Literature and Culture, Ancient History, Mediterranean Archaeology, British Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology, Human Evolution (Evolutionary Anthropology), African Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology and Egyptology (the largest grouping of Egyptologists in the UK).

Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment

With our extensive staff expertise, we support you in every aspect of your learning. As you move through your programme of study, we work with you to encourage you to play to your strengths and to specialise in aspects and approaches that interest you most, whether historical, archaeological, literary or linguistic.