Research Skills in Ancient History - CLAS9000

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Ellen Swift checkmark-circle


The module introduces students to key research skills for the study of ancient history and the associated discipline of Roman archaeology. The focus will be on group work that will investigate how we can gain greater knowledge of an aspect of the ancient city. In so doing, students will learn new skills ranging from researching bibliographies to the development of a sustained research project. A particular focus will be placed on critique of the modern scholarship on the subject, based on historical, epigraphic, archaeological, numismatic and visual sources.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 21
Private Study Hours: 279
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Literature Review (2,500 words) – 30%
Research Proposal (1,200 words) – 20%
Essay (5,000 words) – 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the skills/techniques of historical analysis to equip them for a further career either for doctoral research in Ancient History or in employment through the use of these transferable skills;
2 Demonstrate competence in applying skills to analyse a diverse body of ancient evidence and to be critically aware of the current problems of interpretation within the discipline of Ancient History;
3 Demonstrate critical and analytical abilities in relation to the ancient material in the context of how established techniques are utilised within the discipline of Ancient History;
4 Demonstrate critical, analytical problem-based research skills in relation to the ancient evidence and modern scholarship on the subject matter;
5 Command a range of techniques and methodologies, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, the visual skills characteristic of art criticism, use of statistics (e.g. in archaeology), philosophical argument and analysis;
6 Create a PhD research proposal setting out techniques for their own research in the future drawing on the skills gained over the course of the module.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means in writing;
2 Evaluate their own academic performance and develop an ability to learn independently to ensure ongoing professional development;
3 Exercise initiative and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development;
4 Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage stress;
5 Utilise appropriate information management skills, e.g. IT skills.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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