Ancient History, B.A.

Ancient History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
Ancient History at Bristol gives you the flexibility to combine core units on Greco-Roman culture with more specialised topics such as Ecology and History in the Ancient World, the reception of Greece and Rome, or the study of ancient languages.


In the first two years, you take core topics exploring the ancient Greek and Roman world, the sources of information available and the different approaches employed by modern scholars.

In years one and two, you will choose a number of optional units on ancient language, literature, philosophy, art and political, social or cultural history. Some of these units may be offered in collaboration with other departments, such as History, Archaeology and Anthropology.

In your third year you will choose units from a range of special subject seminars, based on our academics' wide range of research interests. You will also choose a subject of special interest to you and, in co-operation with a supervisor, research and write a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Literary Sources for Ancient History
  • Two historical topics from a choice of three, eg:
    • Fifth-Century Athens
    • The Roman Republic
    • Homeric Society
  • Two option topics, for example:
    • City of Rome
    • Pagan Religions of Rome
    • Greek or Latin Language
Second year
  • Approaches to Ancient History
  • Non-Literary Sources for Ancient History
  • Two historical topics
  • Two option topics
Third year
  • Dissertation
  • Four special subjects, eg:
    • Pompeii
    • Spoils and Iconoclasm
    • Responses to Empire
    • Memory, Myth and History
    • Configurations of Gender
    • Ecology and History in the Ancient World.


This course would suit those with a fascination for ancient Greece and Rome, who recognise the continuing influence of ancient history upon the modern world. It will also appeal to those who enjoy the challenge of analysing different source material and evidence from antiquity, from written texts to archaeological finds.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB The following subjects are preferred: Ancient History, History, Classical Civilisation, English Literature.
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB The following subjects are preferred: Ancient History, History, Classical Civilisation, English Literature.
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Arts or Humanities) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Distinctions may be required in specific units.
  • BTEC: DDD. Distinctions may be requested in particular units.
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB. The following subjects are preferred: Ancient History, History, Classical Civilisation, or English Literature.
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 80% overall with 8.0 in History and English
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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