Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In the first year of a Joint Honours degree programme study is split equally between the two disciplines. Following this you have the option to alter the balance of your study, meaning that you could change to a major-minor weighting. In your final year you have the option to maintain your second-year balance, switch your major subject to your other discipline or revert to an equal balance. If you wish, you can maintain an equal balance throughout your degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. The list of modules below are based on studying half of your modules in Archaeology and Ancient History (60 credits) and half in History (60 credits).
Archaeology & Ancient History: In the first year, you gain a firm grounding in the archaeology of Britain and the Mediterranean world. In addition, small-group project work allows you to study a particular aspect of the ancient world in greater detail and develop your research skills. You will also choose 20 credits from our wide range of optional modules, including the option to gain practical archaeology experience and attend a two-week Field School.
- Project A + B (10 credits + 10 credits)
- World Archaeology (20 credits)
See our first year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
- Practising History (A): Skills in History
- Practising History (B): Approaches to History
You will choose one of these modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
You will also choose one of these modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
- War and Society
- United States History 1865-2000
History first year detailed module descriptions
Archaeology & Ancient History: In the second year, your compulsory modules build upon the foundations in the first. Artefacts and Material Culture charts the progress of artefacts “from mud to museum”, while Mediterranean and European Archaeology focuses on interactions between Mediterranean and Temperate Europe from the later Bronze Age through the Iron Age to the eve of the Roman expansion out of the Mediterranean. You will also choose from a wide range of options in history, archaeology, literature, culture, language, myth, religion, art and philosophy.
- Artefacts and Material Culture (20 credits)
- Mediterranean and European Archaeology (20 credits)
See our second year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
- Group Research
- Option (History)
Choose from one of the following:
- History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Professional Skills Module (20 credits) - please note: places on this module are limited
History second year detailed module descriptions
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
Find out more.
Archaeology & Ancient History: The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project on a subject of special interest to you. You can choose to do this in either Archaeology & Ancient History or History. Depending on which Department you choose to do your dissertation in and your balance of study, you can also choose optional modules from our wide range of options.
- Dissertation (40 credits)
See our final year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
- Special Subject A+B (20 + 20 credits)
Students can also take an Advanced Option A, an Advanced Option B or a Joint Honours History dissertation for a further 20 credits or two of these modules for a further 40 credits.
If you studied Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) in year 2 you would normally be expected to do a 40 credit dissertation in History (for 80 credits in total).
History final year detailed module descriptions
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.