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  • Start date: September 2017

Ancient History BA

Studying history at UCL gives you opportunities to explore the subject which are probably unrivalled anywhere else in the UK or Europe. This degree focuses on the history of ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East and Egypt from the third millennium BC to late antiquity.

Key information

UCAS code
V110
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
200 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to History subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
A*AA-AAA
Subjects
History, Ancient History or Classical Civilisation required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C; Ancient European Language at grade B also welcomed. For UK-based students a foreign language at grade B is required.

IB Diploma

Points
38-39
Subjects
A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in History, with no score lower than 5. A minimum of 5 is required at standard level in a modern or ancient European language.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23-28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including History

A1,A,A-AAA at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including History at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA, including History, Ancient History or Classical Civilisation.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL's exceptional strength and formidable range of expertise in ancient history means that students on this degree programme are offered great scope for choice.
  • Whilst this degree programme has an emphasis on ancient history, students are also encouraged to take advantage of the range of expertise in the department and explore later historical periods.
  • Drawing upon UCL History, related UCL departments and relevant University of London colleges, the programme offers a wide variety of courses spanning extraordinary chronological breadth and geographical range.
  • Exceptional resources, including the British Museum and British Library, are within walking distance, and other London-based museums and organisations provide unrivalled opportunities for accessing primary source material.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: History.

  • 82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The programme includes three first-year core modules, a further core module and a 5,000-word research project in the second year, a final-year special subject, and options chosen from a range of full-year and half-year modules.

Credits can be chosen from the wide range of modules in ancient history, archaeology and classics as appropriate. Students are strongly encouraged to gain maximum benefit from the chronological range of expertise in the department by choosing at least one course in modern, early modern and medieval history.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. All seminar groups are capped at a maximum of 15, final-year dissertation subjects at a maximum of 10.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History
Making History
Writing Ancient History

Optional modules

You will select 2.0 credits of optional modules in ancient history or an ancient language. Options may include:

Ancient Greek, Latin, Akkadian or other ancient language (1.0 credit, level dependent upon ability)
Ancient and Medieval China
The Greek World c.800-386 BC
The Hellenistic World
The History of Political Thought
The Near East 3000-1200 BC
The Near East 1200 BC-336 BC: Empires and Pastoralists
The Roman Republic
The Roman Empire from Augustus to Theodosius I

Compulsory modules

Evolving History
Research Seminar (5,000-word project)

Optional modules

You will select 3.0 credits of optional modules, including at least 1.0 credit of ancient history options. Options may include:

Ancient Youth
Aristocracy in Ancient Greece
Roman Democracy: Myth or Reality?
Slavery in the Classical World
The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the End of the Attalid Kingdom
The Seleukid Empire, c.312-145 BC
Women in Antiquity


Remaining credits can be selected from a wide range of options in history, ancient languages, or from another approved interdepartmental or intercollegiate module.

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

Optional modules

You will select 3.0 credits of optional modules, including at least 1.0 credit of an Ancient History Special Subject. Options may include:

Ancient Near Eastern Religion
Citizens and Power in the Ancient City States
Mechanisms of Power: Running the Roman Empire (c.70 BC-AD 275)
The Assyrian Empire
The Fall of the Roman Republic
The Persian Empire in the 6th-4th Centuries BC
War and Society in Ancient Greece, 750-350 BC

Remaining credits can be selected from a wide range of options in history, ancient languages, or from another approved interdepartmental or intercollegiate module.

Your learning

Many of our modules include lectures, but our approach to learning mainly places emphasis on active student participation in seminar discussion (usually in groups of 15). Essays you write will be returned to you in individual face-to-face tutorials to provide constructive, personal feedback.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed by a mixture of examinations and written coursework. Significant weight is given to an extended essay based on original sources produced in your final year.

Careers

The programme is designed to teach many transferable skills: how to gather and organise evidence; how to analyse it and present a structured argument; how to express yourself clearly, both in writing and orally.

UCL's History graduates have excelled in a wide range of occupations, such as lawyers, financial advisers, stockbrokers, television producers, diplomats, journalists, bankers, teachers, and in the health service, the police and overseas development programmes, as well as in progressing to further study.

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MSt in Roman History at the University of Oxford
  • Graduate Intern, MHP Communications
  • Full-time student, MA in Ancient History at UCL
  • Account Executive, Infectious Media
  • Assistance Compliance Officer, DVB Bank

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK/EU students
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas students
£16,130 (2016/17)

Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Each candidate's profile is considered as a complete picture, taking into account your interest in and suitability for the degree, as shown in your personal statement and referee's report, as well as achieved and predicted grades. Your ability to present an argument, evidence of intellectual curiosity and your enthusiasm for and commitment to studying history will also be assessed.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017



Selection

Promising applicants will be asked to supply further information to help us in determining whether to offer a place.

We are keen to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds, finding this helps to maintain an intellectually and socially stimulating community. Applicants will normally have studied History and/or Ancient History; Classical Civilisation or a language taken to a higher level is also an advantage.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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