On this programme you will be taught by ancient historians specialising in Egypt, Western Asia, Greece and Rome, and archaeologists whose expertise covers north-west Europe, Classical Greek and Roman societies, and early medieval states in Europe and the Mediterranean.
In your first year you will undertake a field training course in which you will gain core practical skills and first-hand knowledge of archaeological fieldwork methodology. In your second year you will have the opportunity to take up a unique two-week Study Tour where you will develop a research project and travel with fellow students to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you. The University offers financial support for both of these invaluable learning experiences.
We place a distinctive emphasis on the combination of archaeological and historical approaches in the study of the ancient world, and the range of expertise available ensures that a wide choice of periods, countries and cultures may be studied. To a large extent you can build your own degree from the options available.
Why study this course
- Taught by experts – Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham has been ranked among the top five Russell Group departments of Classics in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- Highly rated department – The Department is ranked 8th by the Complete University Guide 2015 for Archaeology and ranked in the top ten in the Guardian 2015 university league table for Ancient History and Classics.
- Study tour – our unique two-week Study Tour gives you the opportunity to plan and undertake travel to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you.
- Exceptional learning resources – You will have access to a range of learning resources including environmental and material culture teaching collections; the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Museum; the Eton Myers Collection at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts;and the Danford Collection of African art and artefacts.
- Be a part of an exciting Department – You will join a lively environment with many opportunities to enhance your student experience including the highly active Birmingham Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology Society (BACAS) who organises events such as film nights and museum trips throughout the academic year.
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Please be aware that the following information is intended to provide prospective students with an indicative guide of the modules offered by the School. However, our research is constantly exploring new areas and directions of study, therefore some modules may be dropped and new ones offered in their place.
This year you gain a firm grounding in the archaeology of Britain and the Mediterranean world through introductory lecture courses. You will also take an option in the history of either Greece and Rome or Egypt and the ancient Near East. Small-group project work will allow you to study a particular aspect of the ancient world in greater detail and to develop your research skills. You also gain practical experience through archaeological field training.
A special feature of the second year is the study tour abroad, a research project undertaken with financial support from the University. Further field training is also an option.
You again choose either an archaeological core module or a historical one, investigating either Egypt and Western Asia or Greece and Rome (whichever wasn’t taken in year 2). You also make your choice from a wide range of options. The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project on a subject of special interest to you.
Archaeology and Ancient History (VVC4): selected module descriptions years 2 and 3
Students who have achieved grades of 2.1 or above in their first year will have the opportunity to take a year abroad between their second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world. In addition to the tutor support given from the host University, students who choose to take a Year Abroad will be allocated a member of staff from the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology who will monitor their progress while overseas through email and Skype contact.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: ABB
General Studies: accepted
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
Joint Honours combinations
You can study Archaeology and Ancient History as part of a Joint Honours degree with the following subjects:
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