UCL-IoE merger

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Ms Jasmine Gane

Email: jasmine.gane@ucl.ac.uk

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Ancient History BA

UCAS code: V110

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 ancient history of the Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean world from the third millennium BC to late antiquity.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA
Subjects History, Ancient History or Classical Civilisation required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

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

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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 the History Department, 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.

The programme includes three first-year core courses, a further core course 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 courses.

It is a special feature of this degree programme that students are required to take at least 1.0 credit in an ancient language to prepare them for working with documents in their special subject. No previous knowledge is required; we are committed to teaching these languages from complete beginner's level.

The remaining credits can be chosen from the wide range of courses 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.

Your learning

Many of our courses 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.


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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Writing History
Making History
Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History
Ancient Language (level dependent upon ability)

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credit of optional courses in Ancient History. Options may include:

The Greek World c.800-366 BC
The Near East 1200 BC-336 BC: Empires and Pastoralists
The Roman Empire from Augustus to Theodosius I

Year Two

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits of optional courses, including at least 1.0 credit of Ancient History options. Options may include:

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

Remaining credits can be selected from a wide range of options in Ancient Languages, History or from another approved interdepartmental or intercollegiate course.

Final Year

Compulsory courses


Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits of optional courses, 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 course.


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.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Ancient History at UCL (2012)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the BPP Law School (2010)
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Greek and Roman History at the University of Oxford (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.


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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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