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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Ancient History and Archaeology

Ancient History and Archaeology (VF14)

This joint programme enables you to combine modules from our Ancient History programme with those offered by the Department of Archaeology. The balance is broadly equal, but by the time of the third year you can, if you wish, weight your choice of modules more to one side than the other; and the dissertation provides a further opportunity to concentrate your studies in an area which particularly interests you. In the first year you will take the two core modules entitled Remembering Athens and Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus, which will introduce you to classical Athens and early imperial Rome, seen from a variety of perspectives (not just historical) and different forms of evidence, and prepare you for a wide range of more specifically historical modules about politics and society in the ancient world available in your second and third years.

Click here to read about the choice of modules available in the Classics department.

Here are the official regulations for Ancient History and Archaeology.

VF14 Ancient History and Archaeology BA

UCAS code VF14
Degree BA
Year of Entry 2015
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level AAA
International Baccalaureate 37*
Alternative qualifications

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Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Archaeology in Action
  • Cities in Antiquity.


Choose one module from:

  • Applied Archaeological Methods
  • Discovering World Prehistory
  • Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post- Medieval World
  • Ancient Civilisations of the East
  • Or: a language module
  • And, Ancient History: Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.

Year 2

Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.

Three modules in Archaeology from:

  • Professional Training (includes three weeks of excavation in the summer preceding Level 2)
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Field Archaeology of Britain 
  • Developing Archaeological Research (this module is compulsory if you intend to take a Dissertation in Archaeology at Level 3) 
  • Prehistoric Europe: from foragers to state formation 
  • Becoming Roman: from Iron Age to Empire in Italy and the West 
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West 
  • Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain in its European Context 
  • The East mediterranean world in the Bronze Age
  • Field Archaeology of Britain
  • Or a language module.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (double module) registered in either Classics or Archaeology.

Optional modules

Choose two modules from Archaeology:

  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (double module)
  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single module) 
  • Advanced Skills in Archaeology 
  • Bones and Human Societies 
  • Current Issues in Archaeology (half module) + Advanced Professional Training (half module) 
  • Interpreting Heritage (half module – includes a field trip in the period after the Level 2 exam) or a language module.
  • Two modules in Ancient History or one module from Ancient History and a language module.


Fieldwork is not compulsory for Joint Honours students but all Joint Honours students are encouraged to attend three weeks at our international field school at Binchester Roman Fort in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of their choice in the second year.

Joint Honours students may only take one language module in a year.

Subjects required, level and graded

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.
  • We will be reviewing our entry requirements for 2015 entry in the summer of 2014 and will publish finalised entry requirements for 2015 entry on the University’s website and at UCAS before 1 September 2014
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23);Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A.

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The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

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