Postgraduate (Graduate) Study in Archaeology and Ancient History

Depending on your qualifications, you can carry out postgraduate (i.e. graduate) study by either a taught Masters course or by research PhD, or by both.


Our graduate programmes include:

Undertaking a postgraduate degree at the University of Leicester, whether taught or by research, on campus or by distance learning, will provide you with scope to deepen your understanding of themes and periods of the past, to engage more critically with debates and issues, to develop new skills in researching, thinking and presenting, and to advance your job prospects. Throughout, you will be guided in your studies by expert staff.

Taught Masters and Diploma Programmes

Our successful and well established Masters and Diploma programmes will enable you to explore, in critical detail, areas of specific interest, ranging from prehistory to Greek history and archaeology through to Roman or modern contexts, with scope to specialise in archaeological theory and practice. Dedicated MA study space and greater one-to-one contact with staff will help you develop fuller research and related skills. The Masters programmes offer great opportunities to prepare for doctoral study, museum-, field-related or other employment and the postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Our School uniquely features both campus-based and distance-learning PhDs, with students undertaking research on an exciting range of topics, supported by staff expertise. Find out about our PhD opportunities and browse the list of all current postgraduate research projects to see the themes being explored. You can also read some of the posters students have produced on their research and presented at conferences in Britain and abroad, as well as at events at Leicester such as our Festival of Postgraduate Research. Many of our Masters students continue onto PhD study. See some of the profiles of our current students.

Calling all alumni! If you are a graduate from an undergraduate degree here at Leicester University, then you are eligible for a special 10% discount on fees across your next stage of study with us in the academic year 2015-16, whether for an MA or PGDip (both campus-based and distance learning) Find out more here:

Additionally students completing their undergraduate degrees in 2015 may be entitled to a 50% discount on fees for  MA programmes in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. Find out more here:

Leicester is ideally placed for exploring Britain; by train the city is little more than an hour from the centre of London and lies a similar distance from Oxford and Cambridge. Prehistoric, Roman, medieval and industrial archaeological sites and monuments are fully represented in the county and Midlands, whose landscape offers many opportunities for exploration - including the famous Rutland Water.

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AHRC PhD Studentships

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students for 2015 funded by the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership scheme


The deadline for AHRC funding applications is Thursday 14 January 2015

Further details are found on our funding opportunities page

We can supervise a wide array of topics in Archaeology and/or Ancient History

More information can be found here.