Ancient and Medieval History (V116) module summaries

Second Year

Research Methods

  • 10+10 credits

This module is designed to support students as they develop a topic on which to write their dissertation in your final year. It not only marks a crucial stage in their degree as a whole, but is also an important module in its own right. The Research Methods module will give students firsthand experience of the work of a historian as they learn to identify and frame a valid, intellectually coherent research question; identify, find and consider what primary sources they will use and how they will use them; consult with a specialist historian in whatever area it is they wish to work on; present their planned project to their peers; write a literature review that analyses what historians have made of the same subject, and start preliminary work on their dissertation proper by conducting two weeks’ worth of research.

Medieval Option A and Medieval Option B example modules: 

  • Each of the following modules are 20 credits
  • Rulers and Rebels of Early Islam
  • Childhood and Adolescence in Medieval Europe
  • Crusading and Crusader Kingdoms
  • Crime and Public Order in Late Medieval Europe
  • The Silk Roads
  • Society in the Viking World c.800-c.1100
  • Towns and Urban Life in the Middle Ages
  • Sex, Money and Fighting: Women and Men in Imperial China

Optional modules

Research Seminar A and B

  • 10+10 credits


  • 20+20 credits of optional modules, one in each semester, which may include languages chosen


  • 20 credits of Ancient History optional modules chosen in Ancient History and Professional Skills Module

Professional Skills Module

  • 20 credits 

This is a work placement module involving a minimum of 20 days in a work environment in the type of organisation or business sector to which history students might apply after graduation. It would provide an opportunity for a student to develop transferable skills such as team work, problem solving, and presentational skills and give them an opportunity to develop skills of self-reflection. It will also have 5 hours of contact time in introduction, mid-year review and end of year sessions.

Further information on the Professional skills module

Ancient History Option example modules

Each of the following modules are 20 credits

  • Cities and Monuments of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Human Remains
  • Thinking Athenian
  • Britain in the Roman Empire
  • Roman Women: Matrons and Monsters
  • Mediterranean and European Archaeology
  • Classical Epic
  • Imperial Rome
  • Imperial Egypt

Example Languages

  • Each of the following modules are 20 credits
  • Introduction to Ancient Egyptian A and Introduction to Ancient Egyptian B 
  • Intermediate Egyptian: hieratic
  • Introduction to Greek language 
  • Beginners Greek 1
  • Beginners Greek 2
  • Introduction to Latin Language 
  • Beginners’ Latin 1 
  • Beginners' Latin 2