Research Skills in Ancient History - CLAS9000

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Ellen Swift checkmark-circle


This module trains students in key research skills needed for the study of ancient history in all its facets. Working from a multidisciplinary perspective, students will gain extensive experience in the analysis of texts, objects and data related to the ancient world. In addition, students will learn skills ranging from researching bibliographies to the development of a sustained research project, with a particular focus on critically interrogating modern scholarship on the basis of historical, epigraphic, archaeological, numismatic and visual sources. Students will hone their research skills and advance their understanding of ancient history not simply through the weekly classes but also by developing their own research projects (on any aspect of ancient history).


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Literature Review (2,000 words) – 30%
Research Paper (4,000 words) – 70%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (5,000 words)

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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 utilized 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;

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 performace 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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