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The University of Manchester

Ancient History and Archaeology

UCAS Code: VV14
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Subjects
  • History by period
  • Archaeology
Student score
83% MED
93% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£17.6k MED
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

Scottish Highers
AABBB-BBBBB

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB-BBB

BTEC Diploma
MDD

International Baccalaureate
32

32 points overall (core points accepted). 6,5,5 at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Ancient History Year 1: Core modules; introduction to ancient history; the Greeks and the Mediterranean world 800-449BC; from republic to empire (introduction to Roman history, society and culture); plus 2 units from history and classics; plus a free choice course unit. Year 2: Optional international placement. Year 3: Core module; politics and society in classical Greece 450-323BC; plus one from: Cicero and the late republic; the Roman empire AD14-284; plus 3 units from history and classics. Final Year: Modules may include; wars; empires; diplomacy in classical Greece; the world of Rome; the Roman outlook; hellenisations; the onset of revolution (Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean from the fall of Carthage to the death of Sulla; tyrants; mobs and monarchs (the cultures of politics in the Greek world; Greek and Roman slavery; the Roman army and north west frontiers; plus 2 units from history and classics. Archaeology Year 1: Core modules; introduction to European archaeology; introduction to world archaeology; vocational skills; archaeological perspectives 1; archaeological perspectives 2; portfolio. Year 2: Optional international placement. Year 3: Core modules; archaeology long essay; data processing and quantitative analysis; vocational skills; theory and philosophy of archaeology; plus 1 from: European prehistory; material worlds (objects, architecture, landscape); Greek art and the city state; plus 1 from: Roman Britain; changing worlds in the Near East and East Mediterranean; Andean archaeology; Roman art and architecture. Final Year: Core modules; dissertation; vocational skills; plus 1 from: ceramics; lithics; textiles; bronze/iron technology in Europe and the Mediterranean; plus 2 from: the age of Stonehenge; bronze/iron age technology in Europe and the Mediterranean; research issues in African technology; upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe; Pompeii; the emergence of civilisation (Aegean bronze age); prehistoric Cyprus; historical archaeology; the ritual life of monuments; nationalism, heritage and identity; funerary landscape archaeology; visualizing Greek mythology.

The University of Manchester

Campus building

As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
31%
67%
2%

Year 1

31%
69%

Year 2

23%
77%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
33%
67%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

32%
68%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
419 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £17.6k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
History is a very popular subject – in 2012, nearly 11,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs. Consequently, history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many – probably most – jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, management and sales and marketing. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year – only law saw more graduates continue on to study. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, politics and museum studies were also popular postgraduate courses.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 93% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

93%

Feedback on work has been prompt

89%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
26% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
353 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

6%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There don't tend to be many archaeology undergraduates out there (just over 800 graduated in 2012) but it's quite a popular subject at postgraduate level. In fact, over a quarter of archaeology graduates take some kind of further study when they graduate. When you look at the stats, be aware that junior jobs in archaeology are not always well paid at the start of your career, and that temporary contracts or even unpaid work are not uncommon. The archaeology graduates of 2012 found jobs in management and heritage and environment work, as well as more conventional graduate jobs in business and the finance industry.
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