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  • Choose from a broad range of themes and periods and use both historical and archaeological evidence in your studies
  • Develop deep theoretical and cultural knowledge sought after by employers in many industries
  • Discover the importance of teamwork, personal research and fieldwork
  • Take part in exciting excavations in your first year on Classical and Medieval sites in Britain and abroad

Our Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies degree takes you on a highly engaging and fascinating adventure through time. From the Bronze Age to the Crusades and beyond, it’s an absorbing three-year journey exploring the archaeology, history, art and religion of human settlements in the British Isles, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

The course has a multidisciplinary approach to the human past, led by expert faculty from two of Winchester’s leading teaching and research departments, archaeology and history. You may find it rewarding to choose modules from different disciplines that complement each other, for example: The Greek World (Archaeology) and Culture and Society in 5th-Century BC Athens (History); Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World (Archaeology) and Greek and Roman Religion (History); Byzantium and Beyond (Archaeology) and The Byzantine Empire (History), and Medieval Archaeology and The Age of the Vikings (History).

Although the library is likely to be your main base as a student, you won’t be a bookworm. You can join fieldwork research projects in the UK, Barbados and Georgia and make good use of the archaeology department’s fully equipped laboratory and the latest range of industry-standard surveying equipment, including a ground penetrating radar and geoscan gradiometers

In Year 1, you gain an introduction to archaeology and historical studies and have the option to participate in an excavation. Throughout Year 2, you focus on independent learning, choosing from a range of thematic studies such as Norman kingship and the archaeology of death, as well as period studies on classical Greece and The Vikings.

In Year 3, you write an 8,000 to 10,000 word study on a topic of your choosing. This is an opportunity to study through the extensive use of primary source material and use both historical and archaeological approaches alongside a supervisor from each discipline. In addition, you pick from a range of in-depth courses in church archaeology, climate change and popular modules such as The Celts, which use both ancient sources and archaeological evidence.

Graduates have entered fulfilling archaeological careers in museums, heritage sites, commercial organisations and local authorities. However, the programme also provides a wide range of skills that are highly relevant to a number of non-archaeological careers, such as conservation, education and the civil service. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers in all industries, who value their deep theoretical and cultural knowledge.


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

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World


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


If you decide to complete an optional History Work/Volunteering Placement it may incur travel costs, which are dependent upon where you undertake the placement (if local it may be zero, but costs go up when public transport is used to travel). You will have a say in where their placement is located.

Field Trips

You will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study.

Study Abroad

Our BA (Hons) Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and Teaching

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.


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

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%.


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% coursework
30% written exams
2% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

68% coursework
13% written exams
19% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

48% coursework
36% written exams
16% 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.

Further information

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

Entry requirements

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

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

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 enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call 

+44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.


Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Reading and Writing History
Introduction to Archaeology
World Prehistory

Optional Credits

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 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Independent Study 15
Research Methods 15
Past Historians and Current Practice 15

Optional Credits

Optional Modules 15

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 


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


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 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

This double module is an 8-10,000 word dissertation in ACMS. It enables students to apply their knowledge of archaeological and historical theory and practice, in order to produce a piece of independent interdisciplinary research which shows clarity of expression, logical argument and creative thought.

Optional Credits

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

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

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. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

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

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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.


Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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.

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.

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.


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.



Students are required to undertake four-week compulsory fieldwork for BA/ BSc Archaeology and BSc Archaeological Practice (only two weeks for Combined Honours) 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.


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.


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.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester