Ancient History and Philosophy BA

Year of entry

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UCAS code
V150
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
3 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
Optional
Typical A-level offer
ABB
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements

Course overview

History and Philosophy of Science

Ancient History offers you the chance to explore the Ancient Greeks and Romans and the people they envied and emulated, traded with and invaded through studying their literature, architecture, art, material culture and a range of other sources. You’ll gain an understanding of life in these unique societies as they evolved, as well as developing your own interests through investigating the ‘Athenian empire’, Sparta and the Peloponnesian League, and Rome from Republic to Empire.

With philosophy at Leeds, you can explore fundamental questions about how we understand the world: what’s the difference between belief and knowledge? Why are we here? How do we know what we know – and can we ever know anything at all? Through core and optional modules you’ll learn how to construct arguments and study key topics such as ethics and logic, as well as specialist knowledge in topics from ancient and moral philosophy to the ethics of life and death, philosophy of language or aesthetics.

Explore our libraries

Leeds has plenty of useful resources for Ancient History and Philosophy 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 details

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll also undertake a major research project in either subject in your final year.

This combination will allow you to explore how ancient concepts, ideas, events, art, architecture and literature continue to influence the modern world.

Your first year will introduce you to the major events and trends that affected the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and you’ll also have the chance to learn or continue with Latin or Ancient Greek. Classical sources are taught in translation, so you don’t need to have studied an ancient language. However, we offer Ancient Greek and Latin in every year of the degree if you want to learn or continue with either.

Your first year will also investigate topics such as ethics, logic and the construction of philosophical arguments.

This will lay the foundation for the next two years, where you’ll continue to take a broad approach to philosophy by choosing modules from areas such as logic and language, philosophy of science, mind and knowledge or history of philosophy. You’ll also deepen your understanding of ancient political systems, societies and cultures and broaden your knowledge of theoretical approaches to ancient sources.

By your final year, you will also have highly developed research and analytical skills, choosing from a range of optional modules, exploring diverse topics from across the classical world, revealing the complex nuances of these fascinating societies.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Ancient History and Philosophy BA in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
The Greek World: an Introduction 20
The Roman World: An Introduction 20
How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Ancient Lives 20
Introduction to Classical Archaeology 20
Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 1) 20
Intermediate Latin (Level 1) 20
Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 1) 20
Beginners Latin 20
Magic, Science and Religion 10
History of Psychology 10
Introduction to the History of Science 10
Darwin, Germs and the Bomb 10
The Mind 10
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion 10
The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20
Knowledge, Self and Reality 20
How Science Works 10

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Evidence and Enquiry in Classics 20
Ancient Empires: Power and Control 20

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20
The Athenian Empire 20
Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20
The Rise of Rome: Myth and History 20
Invisible Greeks and Romans 20
Roman Comedy 20
Augustus and his Legacy 20
The Ancient Greek Novel 20
Screening Antiquity 20
Subversive Desires: Roman Love Elegy 20
Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20
Virgil's Aeneid 20
The Image of Sparta 20
Greek Art and Society 20
Homer's Iliad 20
Plato on Love 20
Greek Religion 20
Greek Tragedy 20
The City in the Roman World 20
Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2) 20
Intermediate Latin (Level 2) 20
Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 2) 20
Beginners Latin (Level 2) 20
History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley 20
Ethics of Life and Death 10
Political Philosophy 20
Moral Philosophy 20
Introduction to Epistemology 20
Philosophy of Religion 20
Introduction to Metaphysics 20
Philosophical Issues in Biology 20
How Biology Works 10
Philosophy Students into Schools 20
Thinking About Race 10

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20
Major Research Project 40
The Athenian Empire 20
Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20
Ovid the Innovator 20
The Rise of Rome: Myth and History 20
Augustus and his Legacy 20
The Ancient Greek Novel 20
Screening Antiquity 20
Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20
The Image of Sparta 20
Greek Art and Society 20
Plato on Love 20
Greek Religion 20
Greek Tragedy 20
The City in the Roman World 20
Roman Comedy 20
Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation) 20
Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20
Intermediate Latin (Level 3) 20
Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20
Advanced Ancient Greek 20
Beginners Latin (Level 3) 20
Advanced Latin 20
Philosophy of Mind 20
Feminist Philosophy 20
War, Terror and Justice 20
Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics 10
Philosophy of Modern Physics 20
Philosophical Issues in Technology 20
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 20
Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science 40
Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science 40
Existentialism and Phenomenology 20
External Placement: Beyond the University 40

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their own cutting-edge research informs their teaching.

We use various teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.

The University offers a variety of tailored support for ancient historians and philosophers; the University Library runs free classes and workshops so you can learn how to use them.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

While we usually use a mixture of exams and essays, you may also be assessed on oral presentations or group work in some modules. We work hard at Leeds to make other innovative and inclusive assessment options available. We aim to make sure you develop skills not only in your chosen subjects, but also ones which you can take into your future career.

We offer support in these areas as well – for example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam techniques that you’ll be able to attend throughout your time at Leeds.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

Other course specific tests:

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 BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative qualification

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.

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

M1, M1, M1.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB 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: 77%.

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

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: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 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.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £22,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 will be available on individual course pages from September 2023.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
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.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and 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.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read our guidance about applying.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK 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

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

This course is taught by

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Contact us

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions

Email: lcsadmissions@leeds.ac.uk
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Career opportunities

Careers support

A degree in Ancient History and Philosophy 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, Humanities and Cultures 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. Some of our graduates progress onto postgraduate study.

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. At the same time, you could also become a peer mentor under our scheme or apply for one of the internships the School offers every year.

You can read more about the range of careers our Ancient History and Philosophy graduates progress into, as well as the support we offer you throughout your degree.

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies careers and employability support includes promoting internships, providing opportunities to work for the School and employer-led workshops and events.

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.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners 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.

Classics at Leeds has exchange links with Verona University (Italy) and modern language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience. There are also opportunities at our partner universities across the world where courses are taught in English.

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.

A work placement year is a popular choice with our students as it provides an opportunity to gain invaluable work experience as part of your degree. As with study abroad, you don't have to decide whether to pursue this before coming to Leeds.

You'll apply for the work placement year when you are already here and settled into your degree. If you are successful, you'll work in a graduate-level role and return to Leeds to complete your final year.

Hannah spent a year working for an integrated marketing group.