BA (Hons) Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies

Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies at Winchester focuses on the history and archaeology of ancient, classical and medieval Britain, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The programme builds on Winchester's established strengths in the ancient and medieval, both in history and archaeology.

BA (Hons) Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: VV14

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Classics, or Ancient History. 

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) 

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) 

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.


Additional costs: 


  • Excavation: Students are required to undertake four-weeks compulsory fieldwork for BA/ BSc Archaeology and BSc Archaeological Practice (only two weeks for Combined Hons) which takes place over the summer after Year 1, with a further four weeks' optional fieldwork in the summer after Year 2 (compulsory for BSc Archaeological Practice). Students opt to do the fieldwork at one of the Department's research/ training projects. Local projects have no direct costs for student participants. Students who opt to join department-approved research projects elsewhere, either regionally or internationally, may have to cover project-specific costs. At the highest end of this spectrum are the projects in Barbados (£1200 for two weeks); and Georgia (£1500 for four weeks) where the costs include flights, food and accommodation for the duration of the project.
  • Printing: Students will be required to cover the cost of printing hard copies of assignments for submission, although the university is moving towards online submission. Students may also need to pay for poster printing on some modules and they will have to pay dissertation printing and binding costs in Year 3. Printing costs would be approximately £30 per year for assignments, £10 for posters in Year 1 and £5-£10 for dissertations, depending on the number of colour pages students decide to use.
  • Books:  Some modules require students to have access to books with an approximate cost of £100 if bought new over the course of a year (but texts can often be purchased at considerably reduced rates second hand). Mandatory modules might also require some core texts. Cost £150 per academic year.


  • Field trip: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study. Cost £150. 
  • Dissertation work: Students working on dissertations in Year 3 may incur costs (mainly travel) of visiting archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. This would typically involve either travel to a local archive (e.g. Southampton, Portsmouth or further afield if the student chooses to study a locality away from Winchester) or a national archive, usually in London (TNA, British Library, Women's Library, etc.). If the dissertation work is based in Winchester then costs will be far less.
  • Field Trip: Week long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Costs vary between £300-£700.
  • Placement: If students decide to complete an optional History Work/Volunteering Placement it may incur travel costs, which are dependent upon where the student undertakes the placement (if local it may be zero, but costs go up when public transport is used to travel). Students will have a say in where their placement is located. £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



There are UK fieldwork opportunities throughout the year and an optional summer excavation. Students can also join fieldwork research projects elsewhere in the world  such as Barbados, Corsica, Georgia, Belgium, Greece and Ethiopia


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Student satisfaction: 

94% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

You study topics as diverse as Bronze Age civilisations; Classical Rome; the Anglo-Saxon era; Vikings, Normans and Charlemagne's Empire; the Crusades; the Age of Discovery; and Late Medieval England and France. The programme trains you in the disciplines of both archaeology and history, enabling you to pursue careers in either subject.

Modules in Year 1 provide a sound understanding of each discipline, the methodology of each subject and its applications. Analysis of documentary or excavated evidence helps to promote a good grasp of archaeological techniques, historical approaches, chronological time periods and, in particular, the importance of teamwork, personal research and presentation skills.

Year 2 is more wide-ranging, offering a series of optional modules where you can select to study a variety of diverse topics or choose a focused selection of modules that follow a particular theme. Study in Year 2 aims to hone your skills in presentation and fieldwork.

In Year 3, you select a limited number of topics at a more concentrated and advanced level and typically study through extensive use of primary source material, applying all you have mastered in the dissertation.


If you are interested in the archaeological dimension of the programme, you can opt to attend the summer training excavation for two weeks during the first summer vacation and should ensure that you have accommodation available during late May and June.

Year 1

Core modules 

  • Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of the Historic Period
  • World Prehistory
  • Introduction to Material Culture

Optional modules

  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • International Introductory Module: Origins of Greek Civilisation: from Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (2000-600 BC)
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c.800 - c.1200)
  • Introductory Study: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-814CE)
  • Introductory Study: The United States
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Introductory Study: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837
  • Introductory Module: Europe in Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914
  • Introductory Module:  Modern Europe, 1789-2001
  • Introductory Module:  Seventeenth century England
  • Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange

Year 2

Core modules 

  • Reading History
  • Research Methods

Optional modules  

  • Roman Britain 
  • The Early Roman Empire
  • Representation and Art in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Gender and the Life Cycle
  • The Archaeology of Conflict 
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual 
  • Late Roman and Early Medieval Europe 
  • The Greek World 
  • Geomatics and Remote Sensing 
  • Geoarchaeology 
  • Human Bioarchaeology
  • Forensic Archaeology 
  • Theme Study: Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World 
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology 
  • The Archaeology of Death and Burial
  • Archaeology Fieldtrip
  • Archaeology, Heritage and Society
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Palaeoecology 
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Later Prehistoric Europe
  • Independent Study Module
  • Field Trip
  • Volunteering in History
  • Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • The World of Alexander the Great
  • Greco-Roman Egypt 331-31 BC
  • Culture and Society in Republican Rome 506-44 B.C.
  • The Carolingian Renaissance
  • The Vikings and the Frankish World
  • The Investiture Contest
  • Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197
  • English Monasticism
  • The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350 
  • The Reign of King John
  • Culture and Society in Late Medieval England
  • Political Medievalisms
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558
  • The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture
  • Sport and Leisure in Classical Greece and Rome
  • Classical World on Film
  • The Age of the Vikings
  • Post-Carolingian Rulership
  • The Crusades
  • Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529
  • Textiles in the Medieval World
  • Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Exploring Past Localities

Year 3

Core modules 

  • Dissertation in Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies

Optional modules  

  • Depth Study: The Celts
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Buildings
  • Depth Study: Central Southern England in the Roman Period
  • Depth Study: Mediterranean Landscape Studies
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Depth Study: Church Archaeology
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Depth Study: Byzantium and Beyond
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Africa
  • Climate Change and People
  • The Archaeology of Italy
  • Comparative Study: Reception of the Classical World: Art and Architecture
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Depth Study: Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes 
  • Depth Study: Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus
  • Depth Study: The Pax Romana
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250).
  • Depth Study: Norman Worlds I (Normandy and the British Isles) and II (Southern Italy and Crusader Kingdoms)
  • Depth Study: The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162 
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499
  • Depth Study: The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth and Age
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
  • Depth Study: The Henrician & Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City
  • Comparative Study: Plutarch's Parallel Lives
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre
  • Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships
  • Comparative Study: Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century
  • Comparative Study: The Middle Ages in Computer Games
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry
  • Comparative Study: The Black Death in Europe
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
• Independent learning: 972 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
• Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
• Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Programme Leader

Dr Paul Everill
The development of archaeology as a profession over the last 20 years.

Teaching team

Dr Mark Allen
Post-medieval Winchester; nineteenth and twentieth century social and economic history of Britain; and history and computing.

Nathalie Barrett
Nathalie's research interests are in landscape Archaeology, especially enclosures. Nathalie teaches surveying techniques, GIS and computer aided design.

Dr Niall Finneran
The archaeology of Africa's medieval states; early medieval south-western Britain; and the historical and maritime archaeology of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

Dr Carey Fleiner
Imperial Rome, Roman entertainment, and the depiction of imperial Rome in modern film and television.

Christina Grande
The art of Classical Greece and ancient Rome, with a particular focus on sculpture.

Dr Robert Gray
Environmental history and eastern Europe.

Dr Robert Houghton
Early Medieval European history, the urban history of Medieval Italy.
Professor Tony King
The Roman period, and in particular Romano-Celtic religion, villa economies, ceramic chronologies and vertebrate zooarchaeology of Roman sites.

Dr Ryan Lavelle
Anglo-Saxon England; the Norman Conquest; and the Carolingian Renaissance.

Dr Phil Marter
Phil's research interests lie in archaeological field practice and medieval ceramic production. He is currently co- directing the Department's Magdalen Hill medieval Hospital project. Phil teaches archaeological techniques and medieval and later archaeology.

Dr Eoghan Moloney
The history and culture of Classical Greece, the 4th century  BC and ancient Macedon.

Dr Nick Thorpe
The Mesolithic to Iron Age periods in Europe, with particular foci on death, warfare and the archaeology of old age and disease.
Dr Simon Roffey
Simon researches the archaeology of churches and hospitals and sites of other religious traditions. Together with Dr Marter he directs the Department's excavations on the Magdalen Hill medieval Hospital project. Simon teaches on later medieval archaeology, the archaeology of Buddhism and the archaeology of Winchester.

Dr Kate Weikert
Early Medieval northwest Europe, gender and authority in England and Normandy c 900-1200.

Dr Keith Wilkinson
Geoarchaeology, focussing particularly on the impact of people on the natural environment.

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 25% of a module (three out of three classes) and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by
different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 68 per cent coursework
• 30 per cent written exams
• 2 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 68 per cent coursework
• 13 per cent written exams
• 19 per cent practical exams


Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 48 per cent coursework
• 36 per cent written exams
• 16 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates pursue careers in teaching, archives, field archaeology and museums.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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