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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • 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.

Careers

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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fieldwork

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

Placement

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: 240 hours

Independent learning: 960 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours

Independent learning: 948 hours

Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours

Independent learning: 948 hours

Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

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

Assessment

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)*:

65% coursework
30% written exams
5% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

68% coursework
8% written exams
24% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

48% coursework
34% written exams
18% practical exams

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

Feedback

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 level in a History related subject

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Classics, Ancient History, History of Art, Economics, Politics or English. 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 International@winchester.ac.uk 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

Creating and Consuming History 15
Reading and Writing History 15
The Archaeology of the Historic Period 15
Introduction to Archaeology 15
Introduction to Material Culture 15
World Prehistory

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module:  The United Kingdom in the 20th Century - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: The United States 1763-1920 - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Europe 1500-1789 - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500 - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500 - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module: British History 1660-1832 - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Europe In The Twentieth Century - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain, 1815-1914 - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Module: East Asia, 1850 – Present - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: The Classical World 500-31 BC - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module: Roman Britain - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: The Roman Empire C44BC- AD476 - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783-1997 - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Barbarians, Byzantines and Beyond (400-1050CE) - 15 Credits

International Introductory Module: Europe and the Americas (1763-1914) - 15 Credits

British Introductory Module: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 - 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Past Historians and Current Practice 15
Research Methods 15

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Geographic Information Systems - 15 Credits

Later prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits

Roman Britain - 15 Credits

The early Roman empire - 15 Credits

Representation and art in archaeology - 15 Credits

The archaeology of gender and the life cycle - 15 Credits

Excavation - 15 Credits

The archaeology of conflict - 15 Credits

The archaeology of religion and ritual - 15 Credits

Late Roman and early medieval Europe - 15 Credits

The Greek world - 15 Credits

Geomatics and remote sensing - 15 Credits

Geoarchaeology - 15 Credits

Human bioarchaeology - 15 Credits

Forensic Archaeology - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World - 15 Credits

Maritime Archaeology - 15 Credits

Medieval Archaeology - 15 Credits

The archaeology of death and burial - 15 Credits

Archaeology Fieldtrip - 15 Credits

Archaeology, Heritage and Society - 15 Credits

Archaeological Theory - 15 Credits

Palaeoecology - 15 Credits

Archaeology of Hampshire - 15 Credits

Community Volunteering Placement - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: The Carolingian Renaissance - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Late Medieval Civilisation - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Golden Age of Spain - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire (27 BC – AD 180) - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Church and Society in Later Anglo-Saxon England - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: English Monasticism 1066-1540 - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: La Serenissima: Renaissance Venice 1450-1650 - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: The Byzantine Empire, 1025-1204 - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: Byzantium in the Age of Justinian and Theodora (527-565CE) - 15 Credits

Civilisation Study: England and Normandy in the Long Twelfth Century - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Early Medieval Kingship - 15 Credits

Theme Study: The Normans and their Worlds - 15 Credits

Theme Study: The Crusades - 15 Credits

Theme Study: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution, C.1350-1700 - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Medieval Movies: Cinema Depictions of the Middle Ages - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Exploring Past Localities - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World - 15 Credits

Theme Study: The Age of the Vikings - 15 Credits

Theme Study: The Renaissance Court: Power, Politics and Patronage - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Gender in Europe and North America, C. 1500-1914 - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529 - 15 Credits

Theme Study:  The Roman Household - 15 Credits

Theme Study:  Classical World on Film - 15 Credits

Theme Study: Neoplatonism from Classical World to the Renaissance - 15 Credits

Theme Study: The Reign of King John - 15 Credits

Independent Study Module - 15 Credits

Field Trip - 15 Credits

Volunteering For History - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation in Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies 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 - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The archaeology of space and place - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The archaeology of buildings - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Central southern England in the Roman period - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Mediterranean landscape studies - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Later prehistoric Wessex - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Church archaeology - 15 Credits

Greek art and architecture - 15 Credits

Roman art and architecture - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Byzantium and Beyond - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Archaeology of Africa - 15 Credits

Climate change and people - 15 Credits

The Archaeology of Italy - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Reception of the Classical World: Art & Architecture - 15 Credits

Archaeology of Buddhism - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Archaeology of Monasticism - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Archaeology of Transcaucasia - 15 Credits

The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief - 15 Credits

Battlefield Archaeology - 15 Credits

Maritime Archaeology - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Hundred Years’ War  1337-89 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Hundred Years’ War 1389-1453 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  Alfred the Great, Part 1 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  Alfred the Great Part 2 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Wars of the Roses: The First Phase 1450-61 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Wars of the Roses: The Later Phases 1461-1509 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1572 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The French Wars of Religion, 1572-1598 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Norman Conquest Of England, C.1042-C.1067 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Norman Conquest Part 2: C. 1066-C.1086 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Pax Romana: The Julio-Claudians (27 BC- AD 69) - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  The Pax Romana: Flavians and Five Good Emperors (AD69-180) - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516: Dynastic Ambition and Conflict in Renaissance Europe - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1521-1559: War, Politics and Rivalry In Renaissance Europe - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Tanto Monta: Iberia In The Reign Of Isabel and Ferdinand 1469-1492 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:  Los Reyes Católicos: Iberia In The Reign Of Isabel and Ferdinand 1492-1516 - 15 Credits

Depth Study:   The Carolingians: Charlemagne - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Carolingians: Louis the Pious - 15 Credits

Depth Study:   The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 500-950CE - 15 Credits

Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part II: Political Cultures - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth - 15 Credits

Depth Study: The Medieval Life Cycle: Age - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Chivalry - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Antiquity Revived - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Religion and Society in Northern Europe in the Early Middle Ages - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: War and Peace in the Medieval West - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Religion - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: Medieval Travellers (10th-14th centuries) - 15 Credits

Comparative Study: The Black Death in Europe - 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
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:

Optional

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.

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.

Mandatory

Excavation

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.

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.

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
VV14
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester