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What will I learn?

The achievements of our ancient ancestors, as well as the challenges they encountered and the ways in which they responded to such challenges, provide valuable lessons for each and every one of us. With a broad and rich understanding of ancient times, we can better understand who we are today and where we are going in the future.

Macquarie's world-leading ancient history course – the longest-running and broadest of its kind in Australia – allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and languages of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world, both on campus and at archaeological dig sites overseas.


  • The study of ancient artefacts, including papyri, inscriptions, ceramics and coins, is fully integrated into this degree through the resources of the Macquarie University Museum of History.
  • You can study ancient Egypt and the Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and late Roman and early Byzantine history. You can expand your horizons to include the study of Persia and Iran, as well as the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
  • You'll have opportunities to pursue your own research interests.
  • This is the only degree in Australia offering a full study of Egyptology from the Predynastic to Coptic periods.
  • You'll undertake an internship in Public History and Cultural Heritage as part of your degree.
  • A full suite of training is offered in ancient languages. You can choose to take minors in two ancient languages (Ancient Greek, Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Latin) or choose to study other ancient languages (Ancient Hebrew and/or Coptic). All are offered from beginner levels.
  • Contemporary issues are explored, including the ethics of studying the past and the role of the past in the present – for example the legal and illegal trade in antiquities.

Career Opportunities

A Macquarie course can set your dream career in motion.


  • ancient history academic
  • archivist
  • collections officer
  • conservation consultant
  • cultural heritage specialist
  • cultural project officer
  • diplomat
  • gallery or museum curator
  • government adviser
  • historian
  • journalist
  • museum education officer
  • policy officer
  • preservation officer
  • researcher
  • tourism and travel consultant
  • writer


Our graduates have found themselves in diverse fields including: diplomatic service, advertising, cultural heritage, museums and libraries, tourism, research, archaeology, education and government.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,000.00 (18,49,837) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for an undergraduate program, international students will need to have completed one or more of the following academic qualifications: A recognized senior secondary school qualification or university entrance examination, such as the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC) or other equivalent Australian or overseas high school qualification; A recognized university Foundation course; A recognized 2 or 3-year Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; At least one year of a university degree from a recognized institution. IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

For international students

To be eligible to apply to Macquarie University for an undergraduate program, you must have one of the following:

  • A recognised secondary (high school) qualification
  • A recognised University Foundation course
  • A recognised two or three year Diploma
  • At least one year of a university degree from a recognised institution

The required standard of English for this program is:

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Macquarie University offers below pathways course for this subject

About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, students discover passions and pursue career goals at a global leader in tertiary education.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • More than 30,000 practical work placements available
  • One of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes