Our degree develops knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural structures of these ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean societies.
Unusual in the UK, our programme also allows you to discover Mesopotamia, the Levant and Egypt, Persia and the Byzantine Empire.
For us, social and cultural topics are just as important as historical period. You’ll encounter fascinating themes with contemporary relevance, from warfare, gender, religion, art and literature to medicine and science. Particularly popular is the reception of antiquity in film and popular culture.
Our degree is designed to help you cultivate the skills of the historian. You’ll master assessing a range of evidence and evaluating varying and sometimes conflicting interpretations to construct your own robust and coherent argument. You will practice expressing your new findings in ever innovative written forms as well as verbally within a nurturing environment.
Our degree offers a balance between modules covering specific historical periods (such as ancient Persia, Rome or Greece) and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics (from warfare, gender, religion and art, to medicine and science).
It provides a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills to enter a wide range of professions, and the training necessary to progress to postgraduate level.
Spans civilizations from the earliest Mediterranean and Near East to the Byzantine Empire, including Greece and Rome.