Undergraduate Courses

Our Degrees in Archaeology and Ancient HistoryExcavation1

What do we teach and who are we?

Archaeology and Ancient History are fascinating subjects, practical as well as academic. They draw upon a broad range of disciplines from social theory and human biology to the study of manuscripts, and from pottery analysis to forensic archaeology.

For our Undergraduate courses, entry requirements and also information about studying and living in Leicester, please visit Study with Us.

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At the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, staff and students work together to create a fertile and stimulating environment for learning and furthering our knowledge of the past. Our aim as archaeologists and ancient historians is to enhance our understanding of the wonderful diversity of past ways of life that have left fragmentary traces in the form of material objects and texts. Our aim as teachers is to share with you that understanding, and our passion for the subject.

The recognition the School has received for its teaching and research excellence, nationally and internationally, is testimony to our success in achieving these aims. This success is founded on our continuing commitment to students and to innovative, high-quality teachin3rd-c roman coin fresh from the groundg.

Our degrees provide the 'transferable skills' in communication, presentation, critical analysis and teamwork that students will need in their future careers, whether it is in archaeological or historical studies or in one of the wide range of other professions that attract our graduates. It doesn't matter if you have little or no previous experience of either discipline; we have designed our courses for maximum flexibility, to allow students to choose how they want to specialise or diversify as their knowledge and understanding develop.

Learning More!

You can do a three-year degree or four-year degree which includes a Year Abroad. The School has numerous links with partner departments and Universities in Europe, Canada and Australia - our students have the chance to spend a full year abroad in exciting places like Malta, Denmark, Italy or the Netherlands, and to learn from diverse approaches to the past. And the School welcomes many exchange students who are always delighted at the quality of teaching and the helpfulness of our staff!

And finally, you will all get a chance to develop practical skills in our annual fieldschool at a site like the nearby ancient parkland of Bradgate Park - a great chance to learn how to dig, record, find bits of the past, make new friends, and get to know professional and academic staff alike!

Meanwhile, watch and listen to a video profile by one of our graduates Alexandru, on YouTube.

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Pathways at Leicester

Introducing our new Major/Minor Degree Pathways, available for students starting in 2016-17.

Click to see our available Majors and Minors.


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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