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: 

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

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 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
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 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governers.

For further details click here

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.


  • 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. 
  • Field trip: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long History field trip in their second year of study. Costs will vary depending on location. Cost £300 - £700. 
  • Placement: Students will have the option to undertake a History Volunteering Placement in their second year of study. This will normally consist of 12 visits, and additional costs for travel will need to be covered by the student. Cost £0 - £300. 

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.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

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

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of the Historic Period
  • World Prehistory
  • Introduction to Material Culture
  • Reading and Writing in History
  • Creating and Consuming History

Optional modules:

  • British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • British Introductory Module: The United Kingdom in the 20th Century
  • International Introductory Module: The United States 1763-1920
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1500-1789
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500
  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500
  • British Introductory Module: British History 1660-1832
  • International Introductory Module: Europe In The Twentieth Century
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain, 1815-1914
  • International Introductory Module: East Asia, 1850 - Present
  • International Introductory Module: The Classical World 500-31 BC
  • British Introductory Module: Roman Britain
  • International Introductory Module: The Roman Empire C44BC- AD476
  • British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783-1997
  • International Introductory Module: Barbarians, Byzantines and Beyond (400- 1050CE)
  • International Introductory Module: Europe and the Americas (1763-1914)
  • British Introductory Module: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • Past Historians and Current Practice

Optional modules:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Later Prehistoric Europe
  • Roman Britain
  • The Early Roman Empire
  • Representation and Art in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Gender and the Life Cycle
  • Excavation
  • 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
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Palaeoecology
  • Civilisation Study: The Carolingian Renaissance
  • Civilisation Study: Late Medieval Civilisation
  • Civilisation Study: Golden Age of Spain
  • Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire (27 BC - AD 180)
  • Civilisation Study: Church and Society in Later Anglo-Saxon England
  • Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Civilisation Study: Religion, Politics and Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558
  • Civilisation Study: English Monasticism 1066-1540
  • Civilisation Study: La Serenissima: Renaissance Venice 1450-1650
  • Civilisation Study: The Byzantine Empire, 1025-1204
  • Civilisation Study: Byzantium in the Age of Justinian and Theodora (527-565CE)
  • Civilisation Study: England and Normandy in the Long Twelfth Century15
  • Theme Study: Early Medieval Kingship
  • Theme Study: The Normans and their Worlds
  • Theme Study: The Crusades
  • Theme Study: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution, C.1350-1700
  • Theme Study: Medieval Movies: Cinema Depictions of the Middle Ages
  • Theme Study: Exploring Past Localities
  • Theme Study: Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World
  • Theme Study: The Age of the Vikings
  • Theme Study: The Renaissance Court: Power, Politics and Patronage
  • Theme Study: Gender in Europe and North America, C. 1500-1914
  • Theme Study: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • Theme Study: Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529
  • Theme Study: The Roman Household
  • Theme Study: Classical World on Film
  • Theme Study: Neoplatonism from Classical World to the Renaissance
  • Theme Study: The Reign of King John
  • Independent Study Module
  • Field Trip
  • Volunteering

Year 3

  • Dissertation

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: The Hundred Years' War 1337-89
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years' War 1389-1453
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great, Part 1
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great Part 2
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses: The First Phase 1450-61
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses: The Later Phases 1461-1509
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1572
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion, 1572-1598
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest of England, C.1042-C.1067
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest Part 2: C. 1066-C.1086
  • Depth Study: The Pax Romana: The Julio-Claudians (27 BC- AD 69)
  • Depth Study: The Pax Romana: Flavians and Five Good Emperors (AD69-180)
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516: Dynastic Ambition and Conflict in Renaissance Europe
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1521-1559: War, Politics and Rivalry In Renaissance Europe
  • Depth Study: Tanto Monta: Iberia In The Reign ofIsabel and Ferdinand 1469-1492
  • Depth Study: Los Reyes Católicos: Iberia in the Reign of Isabel and Ferdinand 1492-1516
  • Depth Study: The Carolingians: Charlemagne
  • Depth Study: The Carolingians: Louis the Pious
  • Depth Study: The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I
  • Depth Study: Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 500-950CE
  • Depth Study: Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 950-1200CE
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part II: Political Cultures
  • Depth Study: The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth
  • Depth Study: The Medieval Life Cycle: Age
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry
  • Comparative Study: Antiquity Revived
  • Comparative Study: Religion and Society in Northern Europe in the Early Middle Ages
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Comparative Study: War and Peace in the Medieval West
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Religion
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Travellers (10th-14th centuries)
  • Comparative Study: The Black Death in 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 aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff.  Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc.), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

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

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

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?

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