Archaeology and Ancient History (VVC4): Selected Module Descriptions Year 2

Second Year 

Compulsory modules 

CAHA Study Tour A and B (10+10 credits)

You can watch our video to hear students discuss their exciting Study Tour experiences.

The Study Tour gives students the opportunity to plan and undertake travel to various parts of the world (usually Italy, Greece, or Turkey) to visit sites, monuments and museums of particular interest to their degree programmes. Group work is key to the module: students plan, travel and present work as a group (normally 2-6 students in a group).

Semester 1 is the tour preparation section. In groups, students decide where they are going to visit, choose individual research topics, plan a detailed and annotated itinerary including two weeks of Study Tour activity, prepare a preliminary bibliography (academic and practical) and present these as an illustrated report. In addition they prepare a preliminary version of the University Risk Assessment form. In the course of the teaching period of Semester 2, students will liaise with their academic supervisor on two to four occasions to optimise their academic understanding of what is to be visited before setting out. In the Easter Vacation each group will undertake a 14-day Study Tour as outlined in their first illustrated report.

The Study Tour is subsidised by the department, however students may choose to contribute their own finances depending on where they decide to go, travel options and hotel choices. Typically, the University contributes £500 and the average student spends an additional £250, although many spend less than that. Students can also choose a UK-based Study Tour if they would prefer a more cost-effective option.

Research Seminar A and B (10+10 credits)


Example optional modules may include: 

  • Field Archaeology (20 credits)
  • From Mummification to Burial (20 credits)
  • Greece and Rome in Film and TV (20 credits)
  • Greek, Latin, Akkadian or Egyptian Language at appropriate level (20 or 40 credits)
  • Human Remains (20 credits)
  • Imperial Egypt (20 credits)
  • Imperial Rome (20 credits)
  • Republican Rome: From the Gracchi to Caesar (20 credits)
  • Roman Britain (20 credits)
  • Thinking Athenian (20 credits)