University undergraduate student Jane Israel using a touch screen in the Monica Partridge Building Digital Hub. Friday November 5th 2021.

Ancient History and Archaeology BA

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Are you fascinated by the ancient world and want to delve deeper?

The pairing of ancient history and archaeology gives depth to your historical investigations. You will study complex societies through their texts, art and architecture. You will also learn archaeological techniques, such as surveying and recording.

The course is structured flexibly, allowing you to progress from key skills, theories and methods, to topic specialisation. You can take:

  • a mix of Ancient History and Archaeology modules
  • integrated Ancient History and Archaeology modules
  • Ancient Greek and Latin modules, from beginners' level to advanced

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Comparative World Prehistory

Mandatory

Year 1

Rome to Revolution: Historical Archaeology of Britain

Mandatory

Year 1

Studying the Greek World

Mandatory

Year 1

Studying the Roman World

Mandatory

Year 1

Understanding the Past I – Introduction to Archaeology

Mandatory

Year 1

Understanding the Past II – Landscapes and Surveying

Optional

Year 1

Interpreting Ancient Art and Archaeology

Optional

Year 1

Interpreting Ancient History

Optional

Year 1

Interpreting Ancient Literature

Optional

Year 1

Beginners' Latin or Greek: 1

Optional

Year 1

Beginners' Latin or Greek: 2

Optional

Year 1

Latin or Greek Texts: 1-6

Optional

Year 1

Greek and Roman Mythology

Mandatory

Year 2

Archaeology: Theory and Practice

Optional

Year 2

Extended Source Study

Optional

Year 2

Studying Classical Scholarship

Optional

Year 2

Communicating the Past

Optional

Year 2

Religion and the Romans

Optional

Year 2

The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions

Optional

Year 2

Violence in the Roman World

Optional

Year 2

Age of Empires

Optional

Year 2

Cicero, Claudius and Milo

Optional

Year 2

The City of Rome: From Village to Metropolis

Optional

Year 2

Greek Tyrants

Optional

Year 2

Justinian and the End of Antiquity

Optional

Year 2

Hellenistic Italy: Art and Culture from Etruria to Sicily 300-30 BC

Optional

Year 2

Introduction to Ancient Greek Medicine

Optional

Year 2

Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean c. 500-1500 CE

Optional

Year 2

Mapping the Humanities

Optional

Year 2

Through a Glass Darkly

Optional

Year 2

The Archaeology of Mycenaean Greece

Optional

Year 2

Commodities, Consumption and Connections the Global World of Things 1500-1800

Optional

Year 2

Archaeological Finds: from Field to Publication

Optional

Year 2

Latin or Greek Texts: 1-6

Optional

Year 2

Intermediate Latin or Greek: 1 and 2

Optional

Year 2

Beginners’ Latin or Greek for second and third years: 1 and 2

Mandatory

Year 3

Dissertation

Optional

Year 3

Beginners’ Latin or Greek for second and third years: 1 and 2

Optional

Year 3

Augustus

Optional

Year 3

From Petra to Palmyra: Art and Culture in the Roman Near East

Optional

Year 3

The Archaeology of Mycenaean Greece

Optional

Year 3

The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions

Optional

Year 3

Britain in the Later Roman Empire (c. 250-450)

Optional

Year 3

Religion and the Romans

Optional

Year 3

Sparta

Optional

Year 3

Greek Literature in the Roman World

Optional

Year 3

Violence in the Roman World

Optional

Year 3

Age of empires

Optional

Year 3

Cicero, Claudius and Milo

Optional

Year 3

The City of Rome: From Village to Metropolis

Optional

Year 3

Greek Tyrants

Optional

Year 3

Justinian and the end of Antiquity

Optional

Year 3

Hellenistic Italy: Art and Culture from Etruria to Sicily

Optional

Year 3

Introduction to Ancient Greek Medicine

Optional

Year 3

Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean AD 500-1500

Optional

Year 3

Through a Glass Darkly

Optional

Year 3

Isotopes and Environmental Archaeology

Optional

Year 3

Commodities, Consumption and Connections: the Global World of Things 1500-1800

Optional

Year 3

Heritage and the Media

Optional

Year 3

Latin or Greek Texts: 1-6

Optional

Year 3

Advanced Latin or Greek: 1 and 2

Optional

Year 3

Intermediate Latin or Greek: 1 and 2

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Friday 9 February 2024.

You will be taught via a mixture of large-group lectures and smaller, interactive seminars.

You will also have practical teaching:

In one of our archaeology labs – dedicated to the study of materials, bones, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, and isotope preparation.

Watch the archaeology laboratories tour video.

Out in the field – as part of the compulsory fieldwork project and also via practical training at nearby Wollaton Hall.

All students are assigned a personal tutor at the start of each academic year. Your personal tutor oversees your academic development and personal welfare.

Peer mentoring

All new undergraduate students are allocated a peer mentor, to help you settle into life at Nottingham. Find out more about the support on offer.

100% of our class of 2020 graduated with a 1st or 2:1 degree classification. Source: UoN student outcomes data, Annual Monitoring (QDS) Analyses 2020.

Nine academics from the Department of Classics and Archaeology have received Advance HE recognition for their contribution to education, becoming Teaching Fellows.

Teaching methods

  • Field trips
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Placements
  • Workshops

Our courses are modular, and range from full-year to semester-long modules. Assessment normally takes place towards the end of each semester, while beginners’ language modules are usually assessed by a coursework portfolio running throughout the semester.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a combination of coursework, including essays, research projects and the dissertation, oral presentations, and formal examinations. The precise assessments vary between modules and across the years of your degree. Some of our modules (such as 'Communicating the Past', or 'Classics and Comics') include the option of producing more artistic or creative coursework projects.

"I designed several T-shirts and hoodies which conveyed information about the site’s art and architecture, history, and its eventual ruination by ISIL in 2015. I wanted to combine my interest of fashion with my love for the Classical world, and this project gave me the opportunity to do so."

– Alexander Gadd, on the 'Communicating the Past' module

Feedback

We offer detailed written comments on all coursework, and the opportunity to discuss ideas and coursework with your tutor is an integral part of your studies at Nottingham. Whether by giving feedback on an essay plan or discussing the results of an assessment, we help you work to the best of your ability. There are appointed days in each semester to get feedback from tutors and module convenors, as well as other opportunities to discuss pieces of work.

Assessment methods

  • Essay
  • Dissertation
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Presentation
  • Reflective review
  • Written exam

You’ll have at least the following hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and workshops, tutorials and supervisions.

  • Year one: minimum of 12 hours
  • Year two: minimum of 10 hours
  • Final year: minimum of 8 hours

Your tutors will also be available outside these times to discuss issues and develop your understanding. We reduce your contact hours as you work your way through the course. As you progress, we expect you to assume greater responsibility for your studies and work more independently.

Your tutors will all be qualified academics. Our largest lectures are typically attended by up to 150 students, whereas the corresponding seminars are typically no bigger than 15. Other popular optional module lectures may be attended by up to 100 students, with up to 25 in each seminar group.

As well as scheduled teaching you’ll carry out extensive self-study such as:

  • reading
  • locating and analysing primary sources
  • planning and writing essays and other assessed work
  • collaborating with fellow students

As a guide, 20 credits (a typical module) is approximately 200 hours of work (combined teaching and self-study).

On this course, you will also undertake 10 days of fieldwork. This usually takes place during the summer break and can involve up to five days in a museum or similar environment.

A degree in ancient history and archaeology gives you a wide range of transferable skills, including:

  • communication (both oral and written)
  • constructing a logical argument
  • synthesising and evaluating information and opinions
  • critically evaluating data and applying theoretical and scientific principles to problems
  • planning a research project
  • thinking and studying independently
  • team working

Read our Department of Classics and Archaeology student and alumni profiles. Find out more about the range of skills you will gain, as well as the careers which our graduates go into

.You can learn more about subject-related careers from our Careers and Employability Services:

Average starting salary and career progression

78.8% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Arts secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £23,974.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017 to 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

"The joint honours degree has given me the opportunity to explore how the theory and application of archaeology is inextricably linked with ancient historical context, which I really enjoy. The enthusiasm and encouragement of the tutors inspires me to be inquisitive in my learning and confident to express my opinions. "

Cordelia Cheriton

Ancient History and Archaeology BA

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Open Day June 2022