Final year Ancient and Medieval History (V116) module summaries

Compulsory Module


  • The dissertation is 40 credits

This module develops from work undertaken in the second year Research Methods module. Students work to complete research undertaken and focus their energies on preparing drafts of chapters for their dissertations. Students undertake a wide range of research activities enabling them to engage directly with contemporary debates in history and examine and interpret diverse sources such as letters, diaries, newspapers, government, business, church and parish records, statistical sources and media representations of varying kinds etc...

Students studying this module are required to prepare a 12,000 word dissertation within either Medieval History or Ancient History and Classics.  Some students elect to research an area to which they have already been introduced via a taught module and some students seize the opportunity to pursue a research interest that they have been unable to develop elsewhere in the curriculum.

Example optional modules may include:

Students must choose 80 credits of optional modules

History and CAHA Special Subject A and B example modules:

Each of these example modules are 20+20 credits

  • Treasure in Anglo-Saxon England, 400-1000 A+B
  • Global Medieval Cities: Rome, Constantinople, Cairo and Kaifen after 1000 A+B
  • Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: England under Elizabeth I and James I A+B
  • Living and dying in wetlands A+B
  • Carthage and Rome A+B
  • Greeks and Barbarians A+B

History and CAHA example modules:

Each of these example modules are 20 credits

  • Before Globalization?: Afro-Eurasian World History 500-1800
  • Indigenous and Settler Histories
  • Holy Men, Holy War: The Cistercians and the Crusades
  • Death, Burial and Society
  • Greek Mythology
  • Humans and Environments

Example Languages:

Each of these example modules are 20 credits

  • Greek 1,2 and 3
  • Latin 1,2 and 3
  • Introduction to Egyptian A and B
  • Greek texts
  • Latin texts

Professional Skills Module

 This is a work placement module involving a minimum of 10 days in a work environment in the type of organisation or business sector to which students might apply following successful completion of their undergraduate programme. The module will provide students with an opportunity to develop transferable skills, including team working, problem solving and communication skills, as well as allowing the development of the ability to self-reflect on activity undertaken.

Further information on the Professional skills module