The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
The first year represents a foundation year in which core skills and knowledge for historical enquiry are gained. While those two things can never be separated, the emphasis is on skills in the modules Practising History A and B (10 + 10 credits) and the Ancient History Project A and B (10 + 10 credits). Each of these four modules centres on a different topic, two per semester, and helps develop your skills for university-level history. Broader survey modules help you to familiarise yourself with ancient and medieval history. Discovering the Middle Ages and Living in the Middle Ages (20 + 20 credits) explore fundamental themes and issues focused on the key periods concerned and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. Introduction to Greek and Roman History (20 credits) alongside the Ancient History/Classics/Archaeology option module of your choice (10 + 10 credits) (for instance Early Civilisations: Egypt and Ancient Western Asia or Byzantium/Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman World), do the same. As you would expect, the first year serves as a springboard for your studies in second year.
- Practising History A: Skills in History
- Practising History B: Approaches to History
- Ancient History Project A and B
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- Living in the Middle Ages
- Introduction to Greek and Roman History
- Ancient History/Classics/Archaeology option
In the second year the emphasis on small group teaching and independent learning increases. Two compulsory modules help to develop you as a historian of the ancient and medieval worlds. Ancient and Medieval History in Theory and Practice (20 credits) addresses questions to do with the nature of history and historical knowledge, particularly as they relate to the ancient and medieval worlds. Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (20 credits) gives you first-hand experience of the work of a historian as you learn to identify and frame a valid, intellectually coherent research question which, in year 3, will form your dissertation project (which can be on an ancient or medieval topic).
You also take two medieval history options (Options A and B), one in the Autumn term, one in the Spring term (20 + 20 credits).You then choose two option modules from the wide range on offer for year 2 students within the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology or one option and a Professional Skills module.
- Ancient and Medieval History in Theory and Practice
- Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation)
- Medieval Option A (Autumn)
- Medieval Option B (Spring)
- Ancient History Options x 2 or 1 Ancient History Option and a Professional Skills module
You can choose to study a Year abroad. This four year route offers you the additional educational benefit of a year of study in an approved University in Europe or in English speaking countries. Students with grades of 2.1 or above in their first year will be invited to apply for the Year Abroad in the first term of their second year and if successful, will go abroad in their third year. 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 History who will monitor their progress while overseas through regular contact.
In the final year, you write your 12,000 word dissertation (40 credits), an individual research project using primary sources to answer a historical question which you have developed since year 2 and which is supervised by an appropriate specialist. The remainder of your degree is made up of modules you choose. For medieval history, you get to choose a medieval history Special Subject (20 + 20 credits). For ancient history, as in the second year, you choose two final year 20-credit Option modules from the wide range on offer in the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology.
- Special Subject