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Ancient History and History BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: V110

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This exciting degree allows you to study history from the ancient world right up to the 20th century. You’ll have the chance to study the civilisations of ancient Greece, Rome and Persia as well as more recent history across the globe.

A combination of core modules will give you a good grounding in different types of historical research methods, archaeology, literary analysis and life in ancient Greek and Roman society. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules that covers everything from Pompeii to the Tudors, the history of Britain, modern Chinese history or black politics in the US to the present day. You’ll even have the chance to learn Latin or Greek. This degree allows you to combine the skills of the classicist and the historian to pursue your interests across periods and cultures.

Leeds has plenty of useful resources for History and Ancient History students. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a full training programme to help you make the most of them.

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

From your first year, you'll develop your historical skills and knowledge, as well as an understanding of concepts like historiography. You’ll also gain an understanding of the development of Greek and Roman civilisation and literature.

Once you have this firm foundation, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules over the following two years while striking a balance across historical periods. You could study Greek religion, the legacy of Augustus, Persia under the Achaemenids, the Crusades, medicine in the Middle Ages, Victorian England, pre-colonial India, 20th century African history, the fall of the Soviet Union and more.

By the end of your final year, you will have built a wide range of skills across disciplines, allowing you to research topics and think critically about what you find. You’ll apply these to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

The Greek World: an Introduction 20 credits
The Roman World: An Introduction 20 credits
Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Classical Archaeology 20 credits
Ancient languages - various levels

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Evidence and Enquiry in Classics 20 credits
Ancient Empires: Power and Control 20 credits

Optional modules

Intermediate Ancient Greek 20 credits
Intermediate Latin 20 credits
Beginners Ancient Greek 20 credits
Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20 credits
The Athenian Empire 20 credits
Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20 credits
Augustus and his Legacy 20 credits
The Ancient Greek Novel 20 credits
Pompeii - Past, Present and Future 20 credits
Greek Cultural Values 20 credits
Transforming Myth 20 credits
Plato's Republic 20 credits
Making Athens Laugh: Aristophanes & Comedy 20 credits
Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000 20 credits
The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century 20 credits
Voices of the People: Speech, Language and Oral Culture in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Victorian England: Aristocracy and Democracy, 1865-1901 20 credits
Britain and the Atlantic World 20 credits
Patient Voices: Medicine and Healthcare in the Middle Ages 20 credits
Heretics, Witches and Conspirators: Toleration and Persecution in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Britain and Decolonisation - from the Western Front to the Present Day 20 credits
English History 1066-1216: Creation and Destruction of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom 20 credits
Britain in the Shadow of the Second World War, 1938-1954 20 credits
The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-1993 20 credits
Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-1857 20 credits
The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848 20 credits
The Popular Caribbean: A History 20 credits
Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
History on the High Street 20 credits
History in the Media 20 credits
The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day 20 credits
American Business History 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits
Ancient languages - various levels

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project

Optional modules

Intermediate Latin 20 credits
Beginners Ancient Greek 20 credits
Beginners Latin 20 credits
Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20 credits
Ovid the Innovator 20 credits
Satyrs and Donkeys: The Latin Novel 20 credits
Classics in 20th-21st Century Literature 20 credits
Understanding Aristotle's Poetics 20 credits
Pompeii - Past, Present and Future 20 credits
Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20 credits
Greek Art and Society 20 credits
Plato on Love 20 credits
Greek Tragedy 20 credits
Greek Cultural Values 20 credits
The City in the Roman World 20 credits
Roman Comedy 20 credits
Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 40 credits
Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-1952 40 credits
Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964 40 credits
Chartism: Popular Politics and Authority in Northern England, 1838-1858 40 credits
The Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1945-1970 40 credits
The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968 40 credits
Eastern Subjects: British Attitudes to India, 1757-1857 40 credits
Stalin and Stalinism 40 credits
France and Algeria from 1830 to the Present 40 credits
The French Wars of Religion 40 credits
The Korean War 40 credits
Alliance Without Backbone: Germany, its Allies and Satellites Before and During World War Two 40 credits
Secret Service: The World of British Intelligence 40 credits
War on Tribe or War on Terror? Historicizing Afghanistan and Pakistan 40 credits
The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 1979 40 credits
Canada, America and the Origins of the Cold War 1945 - 1949 40 credits
Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-59 40 credits
Ancient languages - various levels

For more information on typical modules, read Ancient History and History BA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their subjects whose teaching is informed by high-quality research. We use different teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their knowledge and experience. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, and occasionally workshops. However, independent learning is also an important part of the degree, since this is where you build your critical and research skills.


This degree is distinctive because of the variety of assessment methods it uses. As well as exams and essays, you’ll be assessed using wikis, posters, student surveys and online discussion forums among others. We offer plenty of support, and extra classes are available on issues like exam technique and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB

including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in History

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in History in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in History

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB including History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in Ancient History and History crosses disciplines and gives you a wide range of knowledge and skills.

You’ll be capable of researching complex topics independently and thinking critically about information from different sources. You’ll be analytical and have highly developed communication skills. You’ll also have organisational and time management skills. In addition, studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to become intellectually versatile as you switch between different disciplines.

Graduates from the Faculty of Arts go on to a wide range of careers, including publishing, the armed forces, journalism, law, curatorship, the civil service, advertising and marketing, education, business and finance and the charity sector.

We do everything we can to help prepare you for your career. Student-run career groups allow you to get together with other students who share your career ambitions, while you could also become a peer mentor under our scheme or apply for one of the internships the School offers every year.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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