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BA Ancient History (V110)

Course overview

BA Ancient History (V110)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: BBB

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

3 year(s) full-time

6 year(s) part-time

Part-time study with daytime weekday teaching.

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

Part-time: Contact artf-ugoffice@bristol.ac.uk for more information and to apply.


£9,250 per year, home students

£22,200 per year, international students

Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis

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Clifton campus

Ancient History at Bristol gives you the flexibility to combine core units on Graeco-Roman history and culture with more specialised topics.

In the first two years you will take core units exploring the history of the ancient Greek and Roman world, the sources of information available for reconstructing it, and the different approaches employed by modern scholars. You will also choose from optional units on a wide range of topics dealing with Roman and Greek society and culture, including literature, philosophy and art. You may also choose to study Latin or Greek. There is the possibility of studying abroad for one semester in the second year.

In your third year you will choose units from a range of special subject seminars based on our academics' wide range of research interests. Working in co-operation with a supervisor, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will also take the Applied Classics unit, which involves planning, marketing and executing a project aimed at presenting and communicating some aspect of the ancient world to the wider public.

Course structure

Your degree combines core units, which help you to develop the core skills and knowledge of an ancient historian, with optional ones, to allow you to shape your degree according to your own interests and to explore material of your choosing in more detail. The core units constitute two thirds of your units for the first two years of the degree. In the first year these include large-scale survey units on Greek and Roman history, a unit dealing with ancient historical writing as a source, and a unit dealing in more detail with a specific historical topic. In the second year, they include units dealing in detail with material sources (such as archaeology and coins) and units which introduce more sophisticated theoretical approaches to the ancient world and think about the ancient world in distinctive ways. Alongside these, you have the option to take other units from elsewhere in the department or beyond, including languages. In the third year, you will select units from the selection of specialist subject units in the department (these can also include languages), alongside your dissertation and the Applied Classics unit. More detail about individual units can be found on the course catalogue.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

No specific subjects required.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

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Selection process

  • We only use your information in UCAS, or your application form for part-time study, to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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