To understand fully the modern world – its culture, language, political systems and people – you need to take a long perspective. This programme goes back to the roots of modern civilisation in Ancient Egypt, Greece Rome and the Middle Ages. The emphasis
of the programme is on social history: how people in the past lived, worked, traded and enjoyed their leisure but offers the opportunity to study many different forms of history from 3000BC to 1500AD.
Why study this course
Our distinctive emphasis on using literature, history and archaeology in the study of the ancient world, and the range of expertise available, ensures a wide choice of times, countries and cultures may be studied. Ancient and Medieval History at Birmingham
is based in the Department of History, which has an outstanding international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Its teaching was ranked as excellent in the last official RAE survey and it also has the high official research ranking of 5.
We have excellent library facilities with the Main Library is situated next to the History department and we have the Hilton and Styles libraries in the Arts Building. The University Special Collections houses some 60,000 rare and early printed books and upwards
of 2 million manuscript and archive items.
Academic and Student Division
First-year modules cover a broad base of the subject and are designed to introduce you to ways of studying at university. By the final year the modules you take will become more specialised and reflect the research expertise of the academic staff. More
detailed module information can be found on the ‘Course detail’ tab on the University of Birmingham’s coursefinder web pages.
After the course
History graduates have a range of general skills that are highly prized by graduate employers: they can research and analyse complex information, work independently and as part of a team and communicate judgments and arguments articulately. University
of Birmingham history students are enquiry based learners, able to take control of their own learning as they progress, to learn through involvement and ownership and to reflect on their learning through feedback. This means that by the end of the degree,
they have developed self management skills which are very attractive to employers. History graduates often go on to pursue highly successful careers in professions such as accountancy, charity work, housing, human resources, international development, law,
marketing, media, publishing, politics, retail management and teaching. Central and local government and the public services also attract history graduates, notably the civil service, NHS management, the police and armed services. About 30% of history graduates
pursue postgraduate study to specialise in an area of history and cultures of interest to them, or to prepare for careers such as law and teaching. History graduates have started careers with a wide range of employers from Government departments and local
councils to charities and companies in many business sectors. Notable employers which have recruited history graduates include the BBC, the House of Commons, KPMG, Oxfam, and Nestle. They have taken up jobs including Assistant Literary Agent, Assistant Expedition
Leader, Journalist, Librarian, Management Consultant, Marketing Assistant, Programmes Officer and Project Manager.