How did the ancient Romans use propaganda? What can everyday objects tell us about life in the ancient past? Immerse yourself in ancient civilisations and explore how they laid the foundations of modern European culture.
From the shores of Roman Britain to ancient Byzantium, studying Ancient History at Kent takes you on a journey through the ancient world, with options to explore literature or archaeology.
In your first year, you take compulsory modules on the civilisations of Greece and Rome as well as an introduction to archaeology. You choose further modules on topics such as empires and classical mythology. You also have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Latin; the languages of the ancient texts you will encounter during your course.
In your second and final years, you choose from a wide range of modules covering areas including archaic Greece, Greek and Roman medicine, Roman Britain, Hellenic history, and the Roman Empire.
Further options are available in classical literature and culture, archaeology, and higher levels of Latin and Greek.
In your final year, you take either the dissertation or the extended essay module, depending on your academic performance and interest.
You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, where you study museum or heritage studies, and spend time on a relevant internship. The placement modules are subject to a selection process.
Canterbury is an ideal place to study the ancient world. The city’s cathedral forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the area is rich in pre-Roman, Roman, post-Roman and Anglo-Saxon history.
Working or studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. You can apply to spend a whole year or just a term abroad. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. See Kent’s Go Abroad pages for more details.
It is also possible to spend a year on placement in the UK, gaining valuable workplace experience and increasing your professional contacts. Have a look at the Course structure or the Placement Year information from the Faculty of Humanities for more details.
You have access to our specialist laboratory for cleaning and sorting finds and our specialist equipment for geophysical surveys, photography, 3D laser scanning and microscopy. Our archaeology technician is on hand to help you as you work.
The University has an excellent library on campus, with journals in English and other languages, as well as specialist collections. You can easily access international collections in London and local collections such as the Canterbury Cathedral Library.
The Kent Classical and Archaeological Society organises activities such as essay help sessions and lectures as well as social events, such as day trips to historical landmarks in the UK and Europe.
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.
34 points overall or 15 at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average, including 60% in Academic Skills Development.
International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
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.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
Of final-year Archaeology students who completed the National Student Survey 2021, 92% were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
Over 92% of final-year Classics and Ancient History students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
In recent years, our graduates have found jobs in:
Many other graduates have gone on to further academic study.
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:
To help you appeal to employers, you learn transferable skills that are useful in any career. These include the ability to:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.
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