Ancient History and History (BA)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
BA

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 17500 per year

All study options

About Ancient History and History at University of Leeds

This exciting degree allows you to study history from the ancient world right up to the 20th century. You'll have the chance to study the civilisations of ancient Greece, Rome and Persia as well as more recent history across the globe.

A combination of core modules will give you a good grounding in different types of historical research methods, archaeology, literary analysis and life in ancient Greek and Roman society. You'll also choose from a range of optional modules that covers everything from Pompeii to the Tudors, the history of Britain, modern Chinese history or black politics in the US to the present day. You'll even have the chance to learn Latin or Greek. This degree allows you to combine the skills of the classicist and the historian to pursue your interests across periods and cultures.

Leeds has plenty of useful resources for History and Ancient History students. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a full training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    From your first year, you'll develop your historical skills and knowledge, as well as an understanding of concepts like historiography. You'll also gain an understanding of the development of Greek and Roman civilisation and literature.

    Once you have this firm foundation, you'll choose from a range of optional modules over the following two years while striking a balance across historical periods. You could study Greek religion, the legacy of Augustus, Persia under the Achaemenids, the Crusades, medicine in the Middle Ages, Victorian England, pre-colonial India, 20th century African history, the fall of the Soviet Union and more.

    By the end of your final year, you will have built a wide range of skills across disciplines, allowing you to research topics and think critically about what you find. You'll apply these to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAB

      including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

      • Career opportunities

        A degree in Ancient History and History crosses disciplines and gives you a wide range of knowledge and skills.

        You'll be capable of researching complex topics independently and thinking critically about information from different sources. You'll be analytical and have highly developed communication skills. You'll also have organisational and time management skills. In addition, studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to become intellectually versatile as you switch between different disciplines.

        Graduates from the Faculty of Arts go on to a wide range of careers, including publishing, the armed forces, journalism, law, curatorship, the civil service, advertising and marketing, education, business and finance and the charity sector.

        We do everything we can to help prepare you for your career. Student-run career groups allow you to get together with other students who share your career ambitions, while you could also become a peer mentor under our scheme or apply for one of the internships the School offers every year.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        Study abroad

        On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

        Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

      • Related courses

        Classical Civilisation BA
        History BA
  • Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 17500 per year

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