Ancient History

Ancient History courses for 2021

Single Honours

Our internationally renowned department teaches many specialist areas of Greco-Roman history and civilisation across a broad chronological range – from the archaeology of bronze-age Greece to the religions of the later Roman Empire.

Why study Ancient History at Bristol?

Our course is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of the politics, economy and societies of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It will equip you with the skills necessary to locate, decipher and evaluate a range of historical sources and to develop a sophisticated understanding of historical theory.

Teaching methods include lectures, small-group seminars, personal consultations and a guided research project. These will allow you to develop valuable skills in formal and informal writing, discussion and oral presentation. The interdisciplinary study of ancient history will help you to develop critical thinking and clear self-expression, skills that are transferable to a wide range of careers.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

This course will suit anyone fascinated by ancient Greece and Rome, who recognises the continuing influence of ancient history on the modern world. It will appeal to you if you enjoy the challenge of analysing different source materials and evidence from antiquity, from written texts to archaeological finds, and the challenge of weighing different arguments about the reconstruction of ancient societies.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our innovative approaches to teaching have earned praise from external examiners and leading UK experts in the subject.

Teaching methods include lectures, large- and small-group seminars and personal consultations. Assessment is primarily by coursework portfolios, essays and exams. In your third year you will undertake a large-scale research project on a topic of your choice, working with an academic supervisor to refine it into a dissertation. You will also plan, market and execute a project aimed at presenting the ancient world to the wider public under the guidance of a member of staff.

What are my career prospects?

The interdisciplinary study of ancient history will help you to develop critical thinking, persuasive writing and clear self-expression; these skills are transferable to a wide range of careers.

Our graduates are highly employable and have found positions in research, administration, media, museums, art galleries, heritage management, the civil service, law, accountancy, computing and teaching.

A significant number go on to postgraduate study in ancient history or other humanities subjects.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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