Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester comprises a world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching.
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  • 2012 graduates in action!
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We deliver undergraduate and master's teaching to the highest standards, both in campus-based mode and by distance learning, with National Student Survey (NSS) feedback indicating outstanding student satisfaction. In the NSS returns for 2015 we scored 95% overall, and a maximum 100% for staff enthusiasm!

We supervise over 80 Postgraduate Research students (Ph.D. students), both on campus and via distance learning. They have an impressive record of achievement during and beyond their doctoral degree.

Our particular strengths in prehistoric, Greek, Roman, medieval, historical, and scientific Archaeology are uniquely well integrated with a large team of Ancient History experts dealing with the cultures, landscapes, economies, and politics of the Greek and Roman world using textual sources and archaeology. Staff in both disciplines collaborate closely, the Mediterranean world being particularly well covered.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, 74% of our research activity, including 100% of our Research Environment, was classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', ranking us 6th out of universities that teach archaeology in the UK. We are also ranked 1st for the public impact of our research

The award-winning University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), the team that found King Richard III, forms part of the School.

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Why choose us?

  • Exciting courses for undergraduates and postgraduates
  • World-class research rankings, including top-quality support for research students
  • Inter-disciplinary teaching and research, integrating archaeological and historical approaches
  • Flexibility to switch between campus-based and distance learning study modes, where appropriate
  • Careers, employability, and outreach opportunities for campus-based students at all levels which are externally recognised as excellent
  • Close collaboration with a leading professional archaeological unit
  • Excellent facilities for teaching and research, in a friendly and supportive working environment

The following video highlights the skills and experiences you will gain from studying Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, as well as the range of opportunities available.

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Funding opportunities - PhD and Masters

Are you a UK/EU applicant doing a Masters? Click here (deadline 9 June 2017). Are you an international applicant doing a PhD? Click here (deadline 1 June 2017).

Research Seminars

The School Research Seminars take place on Wednesdays. Join us for tea and cake in the foyer at 4.30; the talk follows at 5.00 in Ken Edwards, Lecture Theater 2 (KE LT2).

Full programme