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Degree type

BA

Course length

3 years

Location

Durham City

Degree type

BA

Course length

3 years full-time

Location

Durham City

UCAS code

VF14

UCAS code

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
BTEC DDD
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

This joint honours degree enables you to combine modules in Ancient History from the Department of Classics and Ancient History with those offered by the Department of Archaeology. The balance is broadly equal, but by Year 3 you can, if you wish, weight your choice of modules more to one side than the other; and the dissertation provides a further opportunity to concentrate your studies in an area that particularly interests you.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Archaeology in Britain
  • Cities in Antiquity.

Archaeology:

Choose one module from:

  • Applied Archaeological Methods
  • Discovering World Prehistory
  • Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post- Medieval World
  • Ancient Civilisations of the East
  • OR: a language module.

Ancient History:

In Ancient History, you will take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you a grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture.

Modules have previously included:

  • Introduction to the Greek World
  • Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus
  • One more module in Ancient History or a language module.

Year 2

Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.

Three modules in Archaeology from:

  • Professional Training (includes three weeks of excavation in the summer preceding Level 2)
  • Developing Archaeological Research
  • Prehistoric Europe
  • Becoming Roman
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West
  • Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain
  • East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age
  • Or a language module.

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation (double module) registered in eitherClassics or Archaeology.

Examples of optional modules:

Choose two modules from Archaeology:

  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (double module)
  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single module)
  • Current Archaeology
  • Advanced Professional Training
  • Interpreting Heritage
  • Museum Representation
  • Two modules in Ancient History or one module from Ancient History and a language module.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is not compulsory for Joint Honours but all Joint Honours students are encouraged to attend three weeks at our field school in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of their choice in the second year.

Joint Honours students may only take one language module in a year.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.

Placement

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Study abroad

Classics and Ancient History

The course includes an optional European Studies element as part of the ERASMUS scheme, where you may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university. The department of Classics & Ancient History currently has ERASMUS exchange links with universities in Belgium (Liege), France (Bordeaux), Germany (Tubingen, Munich), Greece (Athens), Italy (Bologna, Rome, Milan, Vercelli), the Netherlands (Free University, Amsterdam, Groningen), Spain (Seville) and Switzerland (Fribourg). Students interested in studying abroad should apply to transfer to the European Studies course after their first year of study.

Archaeology

We are part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We currently have links with the universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Mainz (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as Bergen (Norway) and Koc (Turkey). Studying abroad through one of these exchanges, like the Year Abroad, will involve inserting an extra year into your programme of study between your second and final years. If, in your second year, your application for a place is successful, you will be transferred from the three-year version of your degree to a four-year version. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in excavations run by members of staff and colleagues of other universities at various places around the world.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
BTEC DDD
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

This joint honours degree enables you to combine modules in Ancient History from the Department of Classics and Ancient History with those offered by the Department of Archaeology. The balance is broadly equal, but by Year 3 you can, if you wish, weight your choice of modules more to one side than the other; and the dissertation provides a further opportunity to concentrate your studies in an area that particularly interests you.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Archaeology in Britain
  • Cities in Antiquity.

Archaeology:

Choose one module from:

  • Applied Archaeological Methods
  • Discovering World Prehistory
  • Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post- Medieval World
  • Ancient Civilisations of the East
  • OR: a language module.

Ancient History:

In Ancient History, you will take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you a grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture.

Modules have previously included:

  • Introduction to the Greek World
  • Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus
  • One more module in Ancient History or a language module.

Year 2

Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.

Three modules in Archaeology from:

  • Professional Training (includes three weeks of excavation in the summer preceding Level 2)
  • Developing Archaeological Research
  • Prehistoric Europe
  • Becoming Roman
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West
  • Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain
  • East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age
  • Or a language module.

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation (double module) registered in eitherClassics or Archaeology.

Examples of optional modules:

Choose two modules from Archaeology:

  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (double module)
  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single module)
  • Current Archaeology
  • Advanced Professional Training
  • Interpreting Heritage
  • Museum Representation
  • Two modules in Ancient History or one module from Ancient History and a language module.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is not compulsory for Joint Honours but all Joint Honours students are encouraged to attend three weeks at our field school in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of their choice in the second year.

Joint Honours students may only take one language module in a year.

Placement

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Study abroad

Classics and Ancient History

The course includes an optional European Studies element, where you may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university. The department of Classics & Ancient History currently has exchange links with universities in Belgium (Liege), France (Bordeaux), Germany (Tubingen, Munich), Greece (Athens), Italy (Bologna, Rome, Milan, Vercelli), the Netherlands (Free University, Amsterdam, Groningen), Spain (Seville) and Switzerland (Fribourg). Students interested in studying abroad should apply to transfer to the European Studies course after their first year of study.

Archaeology

We currently have links with the universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Mainz (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as Bergen (Norway) and Koc (Turkey). Studying abroad through one of these exchanges, like the Year Abroad, will involve inserting an extra year into your programme of study between your second and final years. If, in your second year, your application for a place is successful, you will be transferred from the three-year version of your degree to a four-year version. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in excavations run by members of staff and colleagues of other universities at various places around the world.

Learning

On this degree you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, fieldwork, excavation, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (duo). Seminars, tutorials, and practical classes are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars and practicals can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors.

Practicals also allow hands-on experience of the work professional archaeologists perform. The same is true of fieldwork, which at Durham is fully funded, and consists of engaging in archaeological work in the field with members of academic staff.

This emphasis on small-group and practical teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of your learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from a personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they start) are part of the learning experience throughout, by the final year classroom time gives way, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation - supported by one-on-one supervision - that makes up a third of final year credits.

The degree transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin n the week before you start and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.

Entry requirements

A level - AAB.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD.

International Baccalaureate score - 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Science A levels

Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £21,800 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £21,800 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

Archaeology

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 90% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 71% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £22,500

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Classics and Ancient History

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 83% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 84% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £25,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Department information

Archaeology

From the Palaeolithic to the post-medieval, from Iceland to India, from architecture to ancient DNA – broad and dynamic, archaeology changes constantly with new discoveries and innovative research. Combine hands-on work with traditional academic study. Learn from expert staff; take part in fieldwork, real excavations and finds; study historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theory and computer techniques; and learn how they all help us to understand the past.

Rankings

  • 4th in the QS World University Subject Rankings for Archaeology 2021.
  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Archaeology Department web pages.

Facilities

Durham has one of the largest Archaeology departments in Britain, with 28 full-time members of teaching staff. The Department is close to the University’s first-class Bill Bryson Library, which has some of the best archaeological holdings in northern Britain. We are one of the most comprehensively equipped Archaeology departments in the UK, offering project rooms, teaching laboratories and internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology and soil and bone chemistry, which have recently undergone a £3.2 million refurbishment. Other facilities include a computer room, photographic studio, and common room. A commercial archaeological unit, Archaeological Services (Durham University), is also part of the Department and works with the Department to provide training in excavation and fieldwork skills.

You will have access to two University Museums; the Museum of Archaeology on Palace Green houses excellent Roman and medieval material from Durham in an international context and the Durham University Oriental Museum on Elvet Hill, is the only museum of its kind in the UK entirely devoted to the art and archaeology of cultures from Asia and Egypt.

Classics and Ancient History

We are consistently ranked among the top Classics departments in the UK. Our academic staff have extensive, interdisciplinary expertise, and this is reflected in our teaching. We offer a wide variety of modules: ancient Greek and Latin for every level of ability, surveys of the main periods and themes of Greek and Roman history, and teaching in all aspects of classical culture, including philosophy, art and literature in translation.

Rankings

  • World Top 15 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Classics and Ancient History Department web pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Ranked joint 2nd in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

There is a well-stocked departmental library with a reading room and study space, plus a computer room. In addition, extracurricular activities are provided by the lively and friendly Students’ Classical Society, which often puts on a Greek or Roman play in English translation.

Apply

Find out more:

Use the UCAS code below when applying:

Apply

VF14

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) handles applications for all undergraduate courses.

Learning

On this degree you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, fieldwork, excavation, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (duo). Seminars, tutorials, and practical classes are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars and practicals can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors.

Practicals also allow hands-on experience of the work professional archaeologists perform. The same is true of fieldwork, which at Durham is fully funded, and consists of engaging in archaeological work in the field with members of academic staff.

This emphasis on small-group and practical teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of your learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from a personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they start) are part of the learning experience throughout, by the final year classroom time gives way, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation - supported by one-on-one supervision - that makes up a third of final year credits.

The degree transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin n the week before you start and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.

Entry requirements

A level - AAB.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD.

International Baccalaureate score - 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Science A levels

Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

The tuition fees for 2022/23 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

Archaeology

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 90% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 71% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £22,500

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Classics and Ancient History

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 83% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 84% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £25,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Department information

Archaeology

From the Palaeolithic to the post-medieval, from Iceland to India, from architecture to ancient DNA – broad and dynamic, archaeology changes constantly with new discoveries and innovative research. Combine hands-on work with traditional academic study. Learn from expert staff; take part in fieldwork, real excavations and finds; study historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theory and computer techniques; and learn how they all help us to understand the past.

Rankings

  • 4th in the QS World University Subject Rankings for Archaeology 2021.
  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Archaeology Department web pages.

Facilities

Durham has one of the largest Archaeology departments in Britain, with 28 full-time members of teaching staff. The Department is close to the University’s first-class Bill Bryson Library, which has some of the best archaeological holdings in northern Britain. We are one of the most comprehensively equipped Archaeology departments in the UK, offering project rooms, teaching laboratories and internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology and soil and bone chemistry, which have recently undergone a £3.2 million refurbishment. Other facilities include a computer room, photographic studio, and common room. A commercial archaeological unit, Archaeological Services (Durham University), is also part of the Department and works with the Department to provide training in excavation and fieldwork skills.

You will have access to two University Museums; the Museum of Archaeology on Palace Green houses excellent Roman and medieval material from Durham in an international context and the Durham University Oriental Museum on Elvet Hill, is the only museum of its kind in the UK entirely devoted to the art and archaeology of cultures from Asia and Egypt.

Classics and Ancient History

We are consistently ranked among the top Classics departments in the UK. Our academic staff have extensive, interdisciplinary expertise, and this is reflected in our teaching. We offer a wide variety of modules: ancient Greek and Latin for every level of ability, surveys of the main periods and themes of Greek and Roman history, and teaching in all aspects of classical culture, including philosophy, art and literature in translation.

Rankings

  • World Top 15 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Classics and Ancient History Department web pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Ranked joint 2nd in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

There is a well-stocked departmental library with a reading room and study space, plus a computer room. In addition, extracurricular activities are provided by the lively and friendly Students’ Classical Society, which often puts on a Greek or Roman play in English translation.

Apply

Find out more:

Use the UCAS code below when applying:

Apply

VF14

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) handles applications for all undergraduate courses.

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