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Master of Ancient History


Faculty of Arts
Master of Ancient History (MAncHist)
Admission Requirement:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in ancient history, Egyptology, history, classics, or a related discipline; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent and 18 months full-time equivalent relevant work experience
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 1.5 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 1.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Capstone Advanced Project (4)
44cp from
AHPG units at 800 or 900 level
ECJS units at 800 or 900 level


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 084544F
Overview and Aims of the Program Graduates in the Master of Ancient History will have specialised knowledge in this discipline and skills for research and and further learning. Students in this program will have the opportunity to gain advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in a range of the disciplines offered: Ancient Greece, Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Early Christianity, Coptic Studies, and Ancient Languages. In addition to the coursework offered through a program of seminars, students will conduct research in their chosen field. Students may enroll in the program in internal or external modes. The program will cater for students who wish to further their studies from their love of Ancient History, support specific professional development (eg. teachers), and prepare students for higher degree research. Foundational units are offered for students who enter the program without with a relevant major in their degree. Students with a relevant major in their degree may apply for exemption from these units in recognition of their prior learning.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. demonstrate a specialised body of knowledge in Ancient History that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more of the following disciplines: Ancient Greece, Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Early Christianity, Coptic Studies, Ancient Languages (K)
2. apply knowledge of research principles and methods relevant to Ancient World studies in one or more of the fields of archaeology; art and architecture; epigraphy; historiography, language and literature; material culture; numismatics (K)
3. understand, respect and display professional (academic), ethical and sustainability principles and values (E)

4. conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate theoretical, methodological, historical and linguistic information about ancient Egypt and/or the Near East and/or Greece and/or Rome and/or Late Antiquity and scholarship on these cultures gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication (K,T)
5. integrate knowledge, imagination (looking at ideas and concepts from meaningful original perspectives), and evaluation (employing critical thinking) as a foundation for creative learning behaviour (K,T)
6. utilize clear, coherent, evidence-based communication in the exposition of knowledge and ideas about Ancient History studies (K,C)

7. utilize effectively appropriate research methods and tools, balancing creativity and initiative with knowledge of the subject and scholarship (P)
8. plan and execute a substantial research-based project (P)
9. demonstrate professionalism in the application of knowledge and skills (J, E).
Learning and Teaching Methods We expect our students to engage with learning and achieve the learning outcomes through:
• Acquisition: production of assessment tasks designed to develop and integrate knowledge and skills and support their application.
• Practice: independent and in-class practice to reinforce knowledge and skills.
• Discussion: teacher-led discussion of key historical features and themes pertaining to the study of Ancient History.
• Collaboration: collaboration in group activities.
• Production: critical engagement with primary/secondary evidence and material culture (especially at advanced levels).
• Inquiry: inquiry within the research component of assessment tasks (especially at advanced levels).

Across this program we employ blended learning to support these processes. Production of assessments, collaborative work, and discussions of historical features and themes pertaining to the study of Ancient History are coordinated using iLearn sites in combination with class-room teaching.

We focus on ancient evidence as artefacts, incorporating extensive analysis of documentary materials (inscriptions, papyri, ostraca, etc.) as well as literary texts and material culture. This broad spectrum of information provide the basis for critical engagement and inquiry into the significance of historical features and themes for the study of relevant ancient cultures, pursued. Ancient languages are available as options and are taught through close analysis of the grammar and syntax of relevant texts.
Assessment The assessment methods used to assess learning outcomes vary in some respects according to the special demands of individual units. The methods used across the program (not in every unit) may be summarized as follows:
• Tests on ancient language grammar and syntax assess foundational knowledge and skills.
• Formal tutorial participation (incorporating directed discussion of questions set for each meeting or online forum) as well as individual and/or group presentations assess the integration of foundational knowledge and skills.
• Evidence-based analyses and essays test not only the integration of
foundational knowledge and skills, but also foster the creative application of historical skills and analysis of ancient cultures.
• Final examinations allow students to demonstrate their overall command of unit content.

Assessment tasks are carefully graduated to guide and focus engagement with the learning
outcomes. Carefully scaffolded and sequenced assessment tasks are a feature (including low-risk activities, encouraging regular practice and reinforcement of knowledge and skills and their integrated application. Modified development of content across assessments is also important to this program's methodology, with a view to systematic development of control over the learning outcomes.

The assessment regime is designed to account for both assessment of learning and assessment for learning. In-class or online quizzes periodically test student control over foundational knowledge and skills. Evidence-based oral and/or written exercises provide both a process by which students can learn to integrate the foundational knowledge and skills and an opportunity to assess their competency in this area. Textual, documentary and material analyses and essays continue to assess foundational knowledge and historical skills. They also require students to put these skills to new uses by formulating arguments and applying their communicative and analytical skills creatively in a broader context. Final examinations are not normally required: they may be utilized (e.g. in language units) to provide a summative assessment of command over unit content.

Naturally enough, this assessment regime encourages and rewards regular and systematic learning. Specific assessments also foster independent investigation, the development of research skills, and reflection on the significance of historical features and themes for the study of relevant ancient cultures. To this end, regular practice and revision of knowledge and skills are crucial. The program deploys early low-risk assessments, major research-based assessments, and final overview-assessments.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of this program receive a qualification that will enhance their employment opportunities in all areas of the public service and private enterprise. In the face of unprecedented change and uncertainty at both a local and global level, organisations are seeking graduates who can think critically and react positively to these changes. Graduates are in an ideal position to meet this challenge with their ability to think independently, reason logically, and communicate clearly.

Our graduates have gone on to become:
• diplomats
• publishers
• writers
• museum curators
• journalists
• public servants
• consultants
• archivists
• librarians
• politicians
• public relations advisers
• media managers
• policy advisers
• marketing generalists
• producers
• researchers.

• Media and production firms
• Multinational organisation
• Government
• Not-for-profit organisations and NGOs
• Research institutions
• Marketing and PR firms
• Museums and galleries
• Secondary, Tertiary and Continuing Education institutions
• Theatre and film production companies.

The program also offers graduates the opportunity to undertake further research through the MRES and higher degree research programs.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148