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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.

Here are the official regulations for Ancient History and Archaeology.

VF14 Ancient History and Archaeology BA Undergraduate  2017



UCAS code VF14
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
International Baccalaureate
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Course Summary

Course Summary


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 
  • East Mediterranean 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 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.

Study Abroad

Classics and Ancient History

Single Honours courses include an optional European Studies element as part of the ERASMUS scheme, whereby students may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university. We currently have ERASMUS exchange links with universities in Belgium (Liege), France (Bordeaux), Germany (Tubingen, Munich), Greece (Athens), Italy (Bologna, Rome, Milan, Vercelli), the Netherlands (Free University, Amsterdam, Groningen), Spain (Seville) and Switzerland (Fribourg), with further to come. Students interested in studying abroad should apply to transfer to the European Studies course after their first year of study.


We are part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We currently have links with the universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Mainz (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as Bergen (Norway) and Koc (Turkey). Studying abroad through one of these exchanges, like the Year Abroad, will involve inserting an extra year into your programme of study between your second and final years. If, in your second year, your application for a place is successful, you will be transferred from the three-year version of your degree to a four-year version. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in excavations run by members of staff and colleagues of other universities at various places round the world.

Course Detail

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Requirements and Admissions

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

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.
  • 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

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Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £17,400.00 per year

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