The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
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The great strength of Ancient History is that it allows you to specialise in the study of the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome that lie at the very heart of European culture and the cultures that border the Mediterranean.
At Kent, you can study the history of these ancient civilisations inside one programme, or you can follow a broader pathway that engages the study of history with that of ancient literature or archaeology.
You also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at beginners, intermediate and advanced level. Much of European civilisation grew out of the classical world so it is not surprising that it is still highly relevant today. Canterbury, as a late Iron Age settlement, a Romano-British city, an Anglo-Saxon town, and a centre of early Christianity, is an excellent base for studying different cultures, with visits to local sites and museums as well as to museums in London and Paris. There are also opportunities for archaeological fieldwork both locally and further afield.
Did you know?
Kent was ranked 4th in the UK for Archaeology in the 2011 National Student Survey, with 97% of students saying they were satisfied with the quality of their course.
See individual programmes for entry requirements and other information
Single honours degrees
Stage 1Core modules
- Academic Practice
- The Civilisations of Greece and Rome
- Roman Emperors and Biography: From Caligula to Domitian
- Beginners Greek
- Beginners Latin
- Classical Mythology: Themes and Approaches
- Introduction to Aegean Archaeology
- Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
- Introduction to Archaeology
Plus some modules drawn from a wide range across the University.
You choose at least half of your modules from a wide range of options. The list below provides an indication of what is available.
- Archaic Greece and Persia
- The Crisis of the Roman Republic
- Early Greece and the Formation of the Classical World
- Egypt and the Classical World
- Graeco-Roman Egypt
- Greece: City State to World Empire
- Greek and Roman Medicine
- The Hellenistic World
- Hieroglyphs without Mystery
- History of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Domitian
- History of the Roman Empire from Trajan to Constantine
- King and Court of Achaemenid Persia
- The Reign of Darius I
- The Rise and Fall of Athens
- Roman Britain
- The Roman Family: From Birth to Old Age
- Rome: The Imperial Republic
You may also take modules in the related areas of Classical Literature and Culture, or Archaeology.Classical Literature and Culture
- Epic to Romance
- Greek and Roman Comedy
- Hellenistic Literature and Culture
- Literature and Cultural Identity of the Imperial Period: Being Greek, Syrian, Jewish, Egyptian under Rome
- Love, Sex and Society in Greece and Rome
- Myth into Tragedy
- Virgil's Aeneid
- Archaeological Fieldwork Methods and Techniques
- Archaeological Project
- Archaeology of Belief, Cult and Ritual
- The Archaeology of Death
- Archaeology of the Romans in the West
- Barbarians in the West and the Late Antique Tradition 400-700 AD
- Everyday Life in the Roman Empire
- Foundations of Britain: The Archaeology of the 1st Millennium BC
- Gods, Heroes and Mystery Cults: Religion in Ancient Greece
- Greek Art and Architecture
- Heads, Heroes and Horses: In Search of the Ancient Celts
- Late Antique Archaeology: The Mediterranean from Constantine to Muhammad
- Minoan Art and Architecture
- Origins of the Medieval City
- Roman and Medieval Artefacts
- Roman Art and Architecture
If you are taking a joint honours programme with a modern language, you spend a year studying in Europe. There is also an opportunity to spend a year in Hong Kong, or a term in Ghent (Belgium) or in Calgary (Canada).
Teaching and assessment
All modules have a weekly small-group seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. We encourage you to take part in excavations and field surveys with staff and associated institutions, and student bursaries are available to support this.
Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 50%, including 60% in academic skills development, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
AAB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher.
None, although Classical Studies, Classical Civilisation or Archaeology A level grade B where taken.
Studying on the Ancient History programme, you gain key transferable skills such as the ability to analyse and summarise complex information, to manage and organise your time, and to express your opinion persuasively and with sensitivity, skills that will leave you well placed to embark on a graduate career.
Possible careers include archaeology, the heritage industry, museums, business, journalism, Civil Service, computing, media, librarianship, teaching, further academic study, and any employment requiring literacy and versatility.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability