Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

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  • Roman tombstone at Regensburg fort
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  • 2012 graduates in action!
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The School of Archaeology and Ancient History (part of the newly founded College of Social Sciences, Arts, & Humanities) comprises a world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching.

We deliver undergraduate and master's teaching to the highest standards, both in Campus-Based mode and by Distance Learning, with National Student Survey 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 Campus-Based and 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 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', placing us in the top half-dozen Archaeology departments in the UK. We rank 1st among UK Archaeology departments 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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Postgraduate Study

Distance Learning


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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, externally recognized 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 at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, as well as the range of opportunities available.

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The University of Leicester Archaeological Services is an independent professional unit covering all types of archaeology across the Midlands

Contact the School

School of Archaeology and Ancient History,
University of Leicester, University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Key Contacts


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our former colleague, Dr Mark Pluciennik, who passed away after a long illness on Saturday, 7th May. If you would like to leave a message of condolence and support, please visit the memorial page linked below. Memorial service arrangements can be found on the University's notices.

Memorial Page | Bereavement Notice


*The latest edition of the School Bulletin (issue 38) is now available.*

The AHRC Research Network ‘Big Data on the Roman Table’ is holding its second workshop, 6th-7th July 2016

The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is pleased to offer eight International Postgraduate Research (PGR) Excellence Scholarships to the value of £15,000 for September 2016 entry.

School of Archaeology and Ancient History awarded a 95% Overall Satisfaction rate by final year students in the 2015 National Student Survey.

New Major/Minor Degree Pathways, available for students starting in 2016-17.

Members of our department showcase interdisciplinary research with 3D printed replica of King Richard III at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015

Dr Neil Christie and Debbie Miles-Williams win awards at the University of Leicester Student Awards 2015.

Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education - for the work of ULAS and the School in public archaeology and public engagement.

Work on Richard III wins European Excellence Award 2013; Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year; Current Archaeology research project of the year; gold in CASE Circle of Excellence Awards 2013.

Corpses of Criminals Project Prof. Sarah Tarlow’s Wellcome Trust funded project

Trans-Sahara project Prof. David Mattingly’s European Research Council funded project

School’s Research Seminars

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