Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (BA/Diploma/Certificate), B.A.

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  • 36 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Launched in 2012, our BA in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology brings together the two disciplines into a single undergraduate distance learning programme for the first time and as such we believe it is unique. The course is based on our extensive experience in developing and teaching both archaeology and ancient history courses and our world-leading research.


Our BA in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology uniquely brings the two disciplines together and is based on our extensive experience in developing and teaching both archaeology and ancient history courses and our world-leading research.

This course will introduce you to key issues in the study of the past through textual and material remains, encouraging you to reflect on the contrasting and complementary images that these approaches create. You will be introduced to two ancient languages and develop your skills in textual analysis and interpretation of archaeological information.

We will provide you with an intellectually challenging and stimulating curriculum that draws on the full expertise of members of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and our proven track record of delivering archaeology by distance learning. Our courses will enable you to gain the transferable skills necessary for successful career development or further academic study. As a result, our courses are highly valued by employers, who recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.

If you're interested in studying this course full-time rather than part-time, please contact that Distance Learning Hub on, or call +44 (0)116 252 2903 or 5365 or 3783.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months

      Full-time: MA - 3 years; DipHE - 2 years; CertHE - 1 year Part-time: MA - 6 years; DipHE 4 years ; CertHE - 2 years

    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Course structure

The BA in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology is made up of three levels, with each level taking two years for part-time students to complete, or one year for full-time students. Each level consists of six modules, lasting 12 weeks each, with short breaks inbetween. Part-time students study each module in turn, whereas full-time students study two modules at a time.

Level 1 (part-time years 1 and 2; full-time year 1)
  • Aims and Methods in Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Introduction to Roman History
  • Introduction to Greek History
  • Greek and Latin Language for Ancient History

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Later Prehistory
  • Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Middle Nile
Level 2 (part-time years 3 and 4; full-time year 2)
  • The Age of Augustus
  • Deconstructing Sparta
  • Greco-Roman Slavery
  • The Archaeology of the Roman World
  • Archaeological Theory

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Fieldschool
  • The Rise of States in the Old World
  • The Mediterranean in the Medieval World
Level 3 (part-time years 5 and 6; full-time year 3)
  • Archaeology of Urbanism
  • Archaeology, Religion and Belief
  • Households and Families
  • The Late Roman Empire AD 235-430
  • Individual dissertation in ancient history or classical archaeology

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Previous academic study

If you have studied Archaeology at undergraduate level before, it may be possible for you to transfer the credits from your previous study in place of some or all of the modules relating to that particular level. For example, if you already hold a Certificate in Archaeology, you may be able to enter the courses at the Level 2/Diploma stage. In order for us to assess your eligibility to transfer credits, we will need to see a transcript of any credits you have achieved to date, showing the title of all modules and the marks/grades awarded.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17520 International
  • GBP 17520 EU/EEA

*total course fees for 2015/16 entry BA

Diploma (Home/EU/International): £11,680Certificate (Home/EU/International): £5,840


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