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BA (Honours) History: Classical studies pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit module The arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,AA100,,1, an absorbing and broad-based grounding in the arts and humanities, including:

  • history
  • philosophy
  • music
  • literature
  • art history
  • classical studies
  • religious studies.

You’ll develop essential study skills while engaging with a wide range of topics, periods and approaches and enhancing your enjoyment and understanding of fascinating and diverse aspects of human culture.

We recommend that you build on this with two 30-credit Level 1 modules designed to hone your critical and analytical skills and prepare you for study at Level 2. In the first, Voices and texts (A150), you’ll explore language, particularly English, in a wide range of contexts and from the perspective of different academic subjects, including history. In the second, Making sense of things: an introduction to material culture (A151)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A151,,1, you’ll be introduced to the study of objects, in both the past and present. From October 2014, these 30-credit modules are being merged into one 60-credit module Voices, texts and material culture (A105)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A105,,1.

Alternatively, you could choose from other options which include languages, social sciences and design.

Stage 2

You’ll begin Stage 2 with the 60-credit module Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900 (A200)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A200,,1, a varied and wide-ranging introduction to historical study and to the techniques of professional historians. You’ll explore the Hundred Years’ War; the Protestant Reformation; the civil wars of the British Isles in the seventeenth century; slavery and serfdom in the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the development of nation states in western Europe following the French Revolution; and European imperialism in Africa.

You’ll follow this with the 60-credit module Exploring the classical world (A219)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A219,,1. This is an investigation of the varied literature, history, art and material culture of the Classical World, including: the epic poems of Homer; the dramatic plays and architecture of Athens; the politics and personalities of Republican Rome; and the social world of the Romans, their families, houses and leisure pursuits.

Throughout this stage, you’ll continue to develop your critical thinking, writing and analysis skills. You’ll also begin to work and think more independently in relation to a range of problems and questions posed by your course of study.

Stage 3

You’ll start Stage 3 with one of two modules. In Empire: 1492-1975 (A326)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A326,,1 you can either explore the astonishing impact that the rise and fall of empires has had on the development of the modern world over the last five centuries; or you can study the impact of conflict in Europe during the twentieth century with Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity (A327)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A327,,1.

You’ll complete your degree with Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds (A330)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q01-2,module,A330,,1 a module designed to evaluate the relevance and roles of key Classical myths and mythical characters, and their development and reception in later periods. You’ll study drama, poetry, philosophy, art and material culture and consider Classical myth in its social, cultural and historical contexts.

At Level 3, you’ll have the opportunity to work more independently than you did at Levels 1 and 2, and devote some of your study time to exploring topics and issues in greater detail.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three to 16 years. 

We recommend spreading Stage 1 over two years, giving you time to get used to distance learning as well as a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for future study. You could then continue at this pace or speed up to complete in four or five years.

If you are considering taking just three years, the equivalent to full-time study, we strongly recommend that you first speak to an adviser.


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