UCAS code: V110
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
On MA Ancient History you will study the history of ancient Greece and Rome.
You will also be able to study other ancient civilisations that came into contact with the Greeks and Romans, such as Judaea or Persia, as well as the Byzantine empire that succeeded the Roman empire in the east. The programme will thus enable you to contextualise Graeco-Roman history within its wider Mediterranean context. Religious, social, economic, political and cultural history will all come into play; sources will range from great historical writers such as Herodotus and Tacitus to inscriptions and papyri, and the results of archaeological excavation.
You will complete four survey courses on the history and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds from archaic Greece down to the later Roman empire. You will additionally choose two courses from a wide range of options, usually from outside classics.
Your curriculum includes two thematically organised courses in ancient history, two further second-year courses which should follow on from courses already passed in Year 1, and a further two courses from a wide range of options.
You will select four ancient history honours courses, and two further courses from ancient history, classical art/archaeology, classical literature in translation or beginners’/intermediate language courses.
You will choose two ancient history honours courses, two courses in any of ancient history, classical art/archaeology, classical literature in translation or beginners’/intermediate language, and will write a double-weighted dissertation on a topic of your choice in classics.
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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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