University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry

History (Ancient and Modern)

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History (Ancient and Modern)

A BA in 3 years

UCAS code: V118

Course statistics for 2013 entry

Interviewed: 69%

Successful: 19%

Intake: 14

Entrance requirements

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL

Or any other equivalent

It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. A classical language, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Tests: HAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: One piece

Tuition Fees for 2014

Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

More Information


+44 (0) 1865 615020


+44 (0) 1865 288391

Oxford Open days

2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014

What is Ancient and Modern History?

This course enables students to study history from the Bronze Age Mediterranean and Near East, through the Roman Empire, middle ages, and early modern period, right up to British, European and world history in the present day. Fruitful comparisons between societies abound, and the methods by which we study them are mutually illuminating.

Ancient and Modern History at Oxford

This Oxford course offers an extraordinary range of choices (more than 90 options) reflecting the breadth of interests of those who teach here. The Oxford Classics and History Faculties are world famous for teaching and research. Most of the people who will teach you here will be leading researchers in their field, and lecturers are encouraged to put on new courses which reflect their own interests. The study of original sources forms the basis of Further and Special Subjects.

A typical weekly timetable

Your work is divided between lectures and classes, tutorials (one or two a week), and private study (including preparing essays for your weekly tutorials).

What are tutors looking for?

Tutors are keen to find out whether you can demonstrate the skills needed by History undergraduates. Even if you have not previously studied ancient history or classics, it is important to show some awareness of and interest in the ancient world, including its material remains.

Some colleges may require you to read a short passage of historical writing while you are at interview, which they will ask you to discuss.

For further information about the selection criteria see:

Related courses

Students interested in this course might also like to consider Archaeology and Anthropology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Classics, other History courses or History of Art.


Oxford historians typically move on to careers in fields as varied as law, investment banking and consultancies, advertising, accountancy, the Civil Service, publishing, journalism and the media, global charity work, museums, librarianship and archive work, and teaching.

Recent Ancient and Modern History graduates include a civil servant, a librarian and a charity campaign manager. Mary-Kate, who graduated in 2006, says: ‘Through my joint course I developed skills in working flexibly and under pressure, enhanced my analytical skills and learnt to be independently minded. These have all proven to be invaluable assets in my career as a Fast Streamer for the Home Office. Being a Fast Streamer means that I’m following an accelerated training and development graduate programme.’

Heather, who graduated in 2002, now works as a Lecturer in British History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She says: Learning to work independently and under time pressure as an undergraduate was the perfect preparation for an academic career. It gave me the skills I needed to teach successfully at a university level and the self-confidence necessary to publish and present my research before my peers.

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].


1st year


Four courses are taken:

  • One of the periods of general (non-British) history offered by the History Faculty

  • The world of Homer and Hesiod; or Augustan Rome; or one of the History optional subjects

  • A text-based paper on Herodotus; or Sallust; or Approaches to history; or Historiography: Tacitus to Weber, from the History syllabus or Greek/Latin language paper


First University examinations: Four written papers

2nd and 3rd years


Six courses are taken:

  • A period of Greek or Roman history

  • A period of general history or one of the periods of the history of the British Isles

  • Further subjects including work on primary sources, textual or archaeological

  • A choice of further subjects (either the further or the special subject must be ancient (they can both be ancient, if you wish)) from the History syllabus; or an ancient further subject, including: Athenian democracy in the classical age; Politics, society and culture from Nero to Hadrian; Religions in the Greek and Roman world c31 BC–AD 312; The Greeks and the Mediterranean world 950–500 BC; Art under the Roman Empire AD 14–337; The Hellenistic World: societies and cultures, c300 BC–100 BC

  • Special subjects (either the further or the special subject must be ancient (they can both be ancient, if you wish)) (including work on primary sources, textual or archaeological). A choice of special subjects from the History syllabus; or an ancient special subject, including: Alexander the Great and his early successors; Cicero: politics and thought in the late Republic

  • Disciplines of history

  • Thesis

  • Optional Greek/Latin language paper


Final University examinations: Six written papers (or five written papers and one extended essay); one thesis

Student statement

History is the story of human experience, and I can’t think of many more interesting things to study for three years. Samuel

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