BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Study Year Abroad
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Our BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Study Year Abroad will enable you to understand the societies and people of the past. On this course, you will have the opportunity to explore ancient Greece and Rome, join an archaeological dig, and study abroad.
Ancient History is the study of the Greek and Roman worlds over a period spanning from 2000 BC to around 600 AD; it covers parts of modern Africa, Asia and Europe. You will learn about these ancient worlds in their political, literary, social, cultural and religious contexts.
At the University of Reading, our expertise in Archaeology starts with the earliest humans and spans up until the medieval period. We focus mainly on British, European and Near Eastern Archaeology, but explore other regions across the world.
In the Department of Classics, our academics are at the forefront of their disciplines. Their research feeds directly into your studies, exposing you to the latest developments in the field.
The Department of Archaeology is a research-intensive department, specialising in social and scientific archaeology. 97% of our research was judged to be of international standing in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We also have an outstanding track record for student satisfaction, with scores consistently between 90%–100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2010–2021.
If you are interested in studying abroad, you have the opportunity to spend a term at one of our partner universities in your second year, getting to know a new academic and cultural environment. You can also apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, which both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students.
Your first year is about discovery and experimentation. You will address important modern questions and trace them back to their roots, exploring different periods of ancient history through both literary and material sources. You can enhance your knowledge of the ancient world through optional Latin and Greek language modules, or deepen your understanding through hands-on experience with artefacts from the Ure Museum.
You will learn about burial archaeology, material culture, bioarchaeology (including human remains), forensics, past environments (including geoarchaeology), museums and gender archaeology. Core modules will provide you with a solid historical and archaeological grounding and optional modules will allow you to explore the different periods, cultures and countries that interest you. Popular modules taken by students on this degree include The Ancient World on Film and Rome's Mediterranean empire.
A key component of this course is a fourth year so that you can further your studies at one of our partner universities abroad. This happens during your third year.
Studying abroad is an opportunity to increase your cultural awareness and explore a new location.
We have a number of partner universities in Europe – including Aarhus University (Denmark), the University of Toruń (Poland), Uppsala University (Sweden), and the University of Malta – as well as partners farther afield. Of particular interest to BA Archaeology and Anthropology students is the opportunity to study the local ethnography and archaeology of southern Florida through our link with the University of Florida.
All classes are conducted in English and bursaries are available to help with travel and accommodation costs. Visit our Study Abroad website for more information.