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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

B.A. Honors Ancient and Medieval History and Culture

What is Ancient and Medieval History and Culture?
Ancient and Medieval History and Culture concentrates on the period c. 2000 B.C. to c. 1500 A.D. It explores the changes in society, politics, religious practices, and art and architecture that have helped to shape the world we live in. Over the four years of the programme you will explore topics including the development of different systems of government (from democracy in ancient Greece to monarchy and empire in the Middle Ages), the formation of Europe, ancient and medieval belief systems and religious practices (from the pantheon of ancient deities to the dominance of Christianity), the development of the legal system, and the role of warfare in bringing about change. You will have the opportunity to explore developments in educational practices including the emergence of the university, changing attitudes to gender, sexuality and the place of women in society, and the different styles of European art and architecture used in the period.

Do you enjoy:

  • Looking at a wide range of source material, including texts, archaeological sites, art and architecture?
  • Learning about antiquity and the Middle Ages?
  • Exploring how the past is relevant today?

Ancient and Medieval History and Culture: The course for you?
If you are curious about the past and about how history has shaped the world we live in then Ancient and Medieval History and Culture will appeal to you. Through the investigation of texts, artefacts and buildings this programme provides an intellectually stimulating encounter with the past, and challenges you to think about a range of cultural, social and political issues. Ancient and Medieval History and Culture is a unique programme that brings together the disciplines of Classics, History and Art History to train you to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Ancient and Medieval History and Culture at Trinity
The programme in Ancient and Medieval History and Culture is unique in offering a focused study of antiquity and the Middle Ages. As part of the School of Histories and Humanities, you will be able to work with experts in the disciplines of Classics, History and Art History, joining a vibrant community of staff and students in this interdisciplinary programme. As you progress through the course you will be able to choose to focus on particular time periods or themes, culminating in the opportunity to undertake a Capstone research project. You will have access to rich collections of source material, including the University collections, visits to museums and galleries in Dublin, and opportunities to venture further afield through field trips to other European destinations.

Graduate skills and career opportunities
Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers including archaeology, journalism, work in museums, marketing, and teaching. Graduates from the School of Histories and Humanities have also entered accountancy, advertising, business, civil service, diplomatic corps, human resources, journalism, management, and publishing. Many also go on to further study.

Your degree and what you’ll study
Ancient and Medieval History and Culture is a four-year honors degree programme. Over the four years you will develop a broad understanding of the ancient and medieval worlds through an analysis of their art, architecture, archaeology, culture and history. These disciplines will be introduced to you in the first year of the programme. The teaching includes lectures, seminars (typically with 10-15 students) and site visits. As your studies progress, the modules become more thematically specialised, with an increasing emphasis on intensive discussion and independent research. In third and fourth years you have the option to choose from a wide range of modules, providing an opportunity for specialised research in areas that particularly interest you.

Our teaching and learning is dynamic, with a strong emphasis on student participation. The programme is assessed through a combination of end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment (including essays, seminar presentations, group-work projects, and commentaries on sources). Students undertake a Capstone research in the final year.

Introductory modules in Ancient History or Latin, Art History, and Medieval History. These modules introduce you to key developments in the history and culture of antiquity and the middle ages c. 2000 B.C.-1500 A.D.

In the second year, all students take compulsory modules in Medieval History, Greek History or Roman Imperial History, and Medieval Art. The remaining modules are chosen from a range offered by the three disciplines, for example Irish, British or European Medieval History, Latin, Architectural History, the Art of the Italian Renaissance, and the Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Worlds. There is an opportunity to take Trinity Elective modules too.

Third and fourth years
In the third year, the only compulsory module explores the city of Rome in antiquity and the middle ages. You may choose other modules exploring aspects of ancient history, medieval history, art history, and archaeology. In the final year, you will choose two modules and write a Capstone project. Amongst the modules which may be available to study are Spectacle and Entertainment in the Greek and Roman Worlds; Kings and Cities in the Hellenistic World; Anthropology and the Greeks; Ancient Cyprus; The Vikings c. 790-1100 A.D.; From Kingdom to Colony, Ireland in the Twelfth Century; Kingship, Tyranny and Revolution, 1377–99; Medieval Marriage; Art, Gender & The Body in Renaissance Italy; Art & Architecture in Late Medieval Ireland.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course


  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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