Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

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  • Roman tombstone at Regensburg fort
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  • Michael Wood at Kibworth
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  • 2012 graduates in action!
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The School of Archaeology & 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 research students (both Campus-Based and Distance Learning), who 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), 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.

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, 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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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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The School of Archaeology and Ancient History seeks expressions of interest from prospective PhD students in the 2016 AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. (deadline for funding applications: Tuesday 12 January 2015). For more information about the Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and supervision areas please visit

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

The University will host the Parish Church Interiors in Changing Times Conference, to be held 14-15 December 2015

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.

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

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

The latest School Bulletin

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