- 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.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
You will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study.
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.
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.
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.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester or at our West Downs Campus, Winchester
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)*:
30% written exams
5% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
8% written exams
24% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
34% written exams
18% 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.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.
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
International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call
+44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.
Year 1 (Level 4)
|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|
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)
|Past Historians and Current Practice||15|
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)
|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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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