UCAS code: V190
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
On MA Ancient and Medieval History, you will take a combination of Greek and Roman history courses from classics and medieval history courses from history, together producing a well-rounded experience bridging the ancient and medieval worlds. The strength of Edinburgh in the history of late antiquity, Byzantium and the early medieval west means that the two subjects are well integrated.
You will select two courses studying the Greek and/or Roman world.
History courses that you take in Year 1 are broad survey courses that are designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. You will study a course covering the Middle Ages, and you will take a compulsory course in historical skills that engages with broader questions about the nature of history as an academic discipline and the methods and skills required for historical research.
You will also select outside courses.
You will study two classics courses in ancient history.
Year 2 history courses extend your range geographically and chronologically. As in Year 1, history courses offer broad surveys that are designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. You will study a further course covering the Middle Ages, and also take a compulsory course on historiography.
You will also choose outside courses.
You will take a compulsory course in historical skills and select two or three specialist option courses in medieval history, two or three specialist option courses in ancient history and classical art/archaeology and may choose one course in ancient history, classical art/archaeology, classical literature in translation or beginners’/intermediate language courses.
You will select two further specialist option courses in ancient history and two further specialist option courses or a year-long special subject in medieval history, and engage in independent research to produce an honours dissertation on an aspect of either ancient or medieval history, the topic substantially of your own devising.
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You will be taught in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology and in other lecture rooms and classrooms around George Square in the University's Central Area. The School building is home to a Student Research Room and subject collections; the University Library and computing facilities are located in George Square.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminar groups and tutorials. Some classes take you out of the classroom and into the local museums and libraries.
You will be assessed by exams and coursework, and sometimes by practical exercises.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
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You’ll gain practical, intellectual and theoretical skills that are highly valued by employers. You’ll gain rigorous mental training in a range of disciplines, enabling you to demonstrate intellectual flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations and to learn new skills.
By working with distant sources and inconclusive evidence, you’ll learn to think logically and to develop sound research and analytical skills. You’ll learn how to make links between what you already know and what you still need to find out. You’ll be taught how to compile and critically evaluate evidence in order to formulate and present an argument coherently.
Our Classics graduates have gone on to pursue a range of career paths. Previous graduates now work in journalism, museums, teaching, academia, accountancy, finance, IT, publishing, the armed forces, the legal profession and the civil service.
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We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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