Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Ancient History

Explore Ancient History and trace the connections between the societies of the past and ours today

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Course overview

Delve into the ancient world and uncover the cultures, myths, histories and legacies of the civilisations that shaped it. At Kent you will develop new skills, and gain valuable experience ready for a wide range of careers, from archaeology to the heritage industry – or further afield - a degree in ancient history from Kent is the first step to wherever you want to go.

Join world-leading experts, including practising archaeologists and historians. You’ll study history from the shores of Roman Britain to Byzantium, and from Egyptian temples and Near Eastern empires to the Greek city states.

From day one you will be uncovering new perspectives on topics such as migration, gender, identity, and religion in the ancient world and have the opportunity to explore classical culture, from literature to drama or philosophy. You also have the option to study an ancient language, our broad remit at Kent means you are free to follow your passions and make your degree your own.

Why study Ancient History at Kent?

Uncover History

At Kent you’ll have the opportunity to get hands on – getting involved in fieldwork is a great chance to be a part of a project that uncovers hidden histories.

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Classics at Kent

Classics at Kent was 3rd for student satisfaction in Complete University Guide 2024.  

Get career-ready.

You’ll have the chance to work with local heritage organisations or prepare for teacher training. Discover where your Ancient History degree could take you.  

Your degree, your way.

Our wide range of specialisms means you can pick and choose to make your degree your own.

Our classics community

You'll join our dynamic and welcoming classics community. Find out more about what we do, and how we help you achieve your ambition.

Everything you need to know about our Ancient History course

Entry requirements

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

Course structure

You begin with introductory modules on the civilisations of Greece and Rome as well as an introduction to archaeology. Build your course by choosing from modules on topics such as empires and classical mythology, and have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Latin; the languages of the ancient texts you will encounter during your course.

How you'll study

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.

Your future

As a Kent graduate, you will be ready to construct and lead engaging arguments, be quick to recognise context and skilled to propose alternative solutions. And your wide-ranging work with historical sources will improve your ability to think critically, take part in debate and make informed decisions, allowing you to effect change in the places you want to see it.

Career prospects for history graduates are wide ranging, with our students launching careers in everything from teaching to business, research to politics. For ancient history, your specialisation, and modules help boost your prospects, with natural routes into the heritage, archives and museums.

The creative problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills you develop at Kent can prepare you for a career in any field. The study of ancient history at Kent equips you with the adaptability to thrive in an exciting career in whatever area you are passionate about. This means Kent’s ancient history graduates are ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, from education to business, charity to government; you’ll have the talent and insight to build the career you want.

UK History graduate salaries
Very high
£43,600
Average base pay (38 salaries)

Fantastic facilities

Our Archaeology Lab is home to state-of-the-art equipment for geophysics, laser scanning and dating. You'll analyse ancient materials and develop technical expertise, so you can explore history while boosting your prospects for the future.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £18,600
  • International
    £18,600
  • UK
    £4,625
  • EU
    £9,300
  • International
    £9,300

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.* 

Your fee status

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 year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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