Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

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The School of Archaeology & Ancient History comprises a world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching.

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), published in December 2014, 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.

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. We have over 80 research students (either Campus-Based or Distance Learning), who have an impressive record of achievement during and beyond their doctoral degree.

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

Undergraduate Courses Postgraduate Study
Distance Learning Research
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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

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Beyond PhD: conference

Read the full report (PDF) on the event 'Beyond PhD: Post-doctoral Fellowships and Career Development in the Arts and Humanities', held at College Court on 19 May 2014.


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

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queen's anniversary prize

NEW: fully funded AHRC PhD Studentship: Roman Metalwork Hoards in Britain

Free online course provides insights into Richard III reinterment - starts 16 February

The department will host the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) 2015 on 27-29 March, Bennett Building, Main Campus.

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

First public open day for Operation Nightingale Award-winning collaboration with Ministry of Defence and TimeTeam.

Richard III's remains to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral

Work on Richard III  also wins European Excellence Award 2013 Times Higher Education Research Project of the YearCurrent 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

The latest School Bulletin

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