Postgraduate Study in Archaeology and Ancient History


Our graduate programmes include:

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

Masters Programmes

Our successful and established Masters programmes will enable you to explore in critical detail periods and themes of specific interest, ranging from Prehistory to Greek history and archaeology through to Roman or modern contexts, or 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 students great opportunities to prepare students for doctoral study, museum-, field-related or other employment.

Postgraduate Research

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


Calling all alumni! If you are a graduate from an undergraduate or a Masters 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 2013-14, whether for an MA or a PhD (both campus-based and distance learning)

Recent MA student profile: Julia Nikolaus (now studying for a PhD)

I recently completed my MA in Roman archaeology at the School of Archaeologyjulia nikolaus and Ancient History. The wide range of staff expertise here on the Roman World automatically led me to choose Leicester for my MA. I can wholeheartedly say that I never regretted this decision: lectures and seminars were truly stimulating and challenging and teaching was to the highest standard. Moreover, support from academic as well as administrative staff was outstanding. The MA introduced new and exciting theories and methods within Roman archaeology and I learnt how to critically evaluate and present them. However, a key part of the student experience is also being able to wind down during stressful periods and the School’s postgraduate community is very active, with regular events outside of the department, making it a fantastic environment to make friends.


Current PhD student profile: Marta Fanello

Marta fanelloI am an Italian graduate student and currently in my second year of PhD research at Leicester. I graduated in Archaeology and Ancient Cultures at the Università di Bologna and in 2011 gained the ‘Iron Age PhD  studentship’ funded by the School. This has been a great opportunity to undertake my research, which focuses on the study of coinage in the Late Iron Age Britain; Leicester has been the best place to develop this kind of research, given its reputation in British Iron Age studies.  I have really appreciated the friendly staff and I am delighted to work in such a vibrant and supportive scholarly environment and to enjoy its countless and exciting activities


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

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Funding for Masters Degree

Thinking of doing a Masters in Archaeology or Ancient History? See the Masters Excellence Studentships. See also Open Scholarships 2014 for International Students. Closing dates - end May.