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History Ancient and Modern

History (Ancient and Modern) at Balliol College

Balliol has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation for History teaching and research. The College’s commitment to the subject is reflected in its provision of four Fellows in History, and one in Ancient History — exceptional among Oxford colleges — and a Library whose holdings in the subject are second to none.

Balliol College has a dynamic tradition of History (Ancient and Modern). The degree offers a substantial choice of papers from both halves of the course and also the opportunity to begin or continue language training in Greek or Latin.

Number of places at Balliol: 1 or 2, but there is no maximum quota.


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About the course

For more on Ancient History at Oxford, please see the Faculty of History website.

Course requirements and selection criteria

Balliol expects candidates to have an A‑level or equivalent (e.g. IB Higher Level) in History. Candidates will be expected to show a serious interest in the ancient world. An A‑level in Ancient History, Latin, Greek, or Classical Civilisation is desirable but not necessary. See also the University’s entrance requirements.

For information on how applicants are assessed, please visit the departmental applications page.

How to apply to read History (Ancient and Modern) at Balliol College