Each year of the programme carries 120 credit points. In the first year of study there are two compulsory courses: The Historian's Toolkit (20 credits) and Medieval Worlds: A Journey through the Middle Ages (20 credits). You will also choose 40 credits of courses from a list of courses on the Greek and Roman Worlds. You have the opportunity to study 40 credits of courses from other disciplines. In second year there are four compulsory courses: Introduction to Historiography (20 credits), Making and Breaking Medieval Britain: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, c. 1100-1500 (20 credits), Ancient History 2a (20 credits) and 2b (20 credits). You have the opportunity to study 40 credits of courses from other disciplines. In third year there is one compulsory course, Skills and Methods in History I (20 credits). In total you will study 120 credits of courses in Ancient and Medieval History, Skills and Methods in History II (20 credits) is strongly recommended for students who wish to write the History dissertation. In fourth year you will take 40 credits of History courses. This may be one level-ten 4MA, 40-credit, course which runs over both semesters, or two relevant 20-credit courses, and a further 40 credits of Ancient History courses. You will also write a level-ten dissertation of 8,000-12,000 words, which may be in History (medieval) or Ancient History (40 credits).
To progress from Year 1 to Year 2, passes are required in all first year courses (120 credits); to progress from Year 2 into Year 3 passes are required in all of the courses taken in second year (120 credits).
Entry into third year Honours normally requires (i) passes in 240 credits of courses taken in the first two years and (ii) passes at 50% or above in Ancient History 2a and 2b and in Introduction to Historiography and Making and Breaking Medieval Britain: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, c. 1100-1500 .
Progression from third to fourth year is dependent upon the completion of at least eighty credits and the award of an aggregate pass for the 120 credits of study in third year.
- Certificate of Higher Education: year one
- Diploma of Higher Education: year two
- BA in Humanities and Social Science: year three (although entry to honours means the commencement of two years of integrated study leading to an honours degree and not all students will be qualified for the BA HSS)
- MA Honours in Ancient and Medieval History: year four