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School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University Leicester


Address School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, United Kingdom
Tel. No. +44(0)116 252 2772
Fax No. +44(0)116 223 1267
Courses Distance Learning
MA in Archaeology & Heritage;
MA in Historical Archaeology
MA in Classical Archaeology
Postgraduate Certificates (PGC) in
(Landscape Archaeology; Management of Archaeological Projects; Archaeology of Standing Buildings; Critical Approaches to the Archaeological Heritage);
Historical Archaeology
(Doing Historical Archaeology; Archaeology of the Modern World; Historical Archaeology of England; Classical Landscapes).
Classical Mediterranean
(Doing Historical Archaeology; Encountering the Classical World; Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World; Classical Landscapes)
PhD by distance learning
Type of courses Part-time by distance learning
Length of courses 24 months (minimum) to 60 months (maximum) for the MA: 12 months to 24 months for the Postgraduate Certificate. PhD six years.
Date of commencement October, February and June for the MA and Postgraduate Certificate



About the Department and the University

The Department

If you choose to read for a degree in archaeology at the University of Leicester you will be joining one of the largest and most innovative schools in the country. Our staff is internationally recognised for excellent, cutting-edge research and high quality teaching. Some of our recent accolades include:

  • ranked as the second best archaeology department in the UK in the Times Good University Guide for Small Subjects (2005), behind only the University of Cambridge;
  • maximum score of 24 out of 24 for teaching in the last national Subject Review (2001);
  • grade 5 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2001); excellent employment figures in survey of students six months after graduation.

The School is Grade 5 RAE-rated in both Archaeology and Ancient History. Staff research includes field-projects across Britain, Europe, the Mediterranean region including North Africa, and beyond (e.g. Syria, Peru, Sarawak) Research in the School may be classed under three main banners which straddle and link both Archaeology and Ancient History. They comprise landscape studies, the archaeology of historical periods, and material culture & representation.

Our distance learning programmes are flexible, high-quality, recognised worldwide and focussed on you and your needs. We have been running the MA in Archaeology & Heritage for almost 15 years. The quality of the University of Leicester’s teaching has been judged by the Government’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to be amongst the best in the country with 14 consecutive inspections rating provision as ‘excellent’ (i.e. at least a score of 22 out of 24. Archaeology and Ancient History’s teaching, including distance learning, was rated as 24/24.

The School is home to one of Britain's largest and most dynamic groupings of prehistoric, Classical and historical archaeologists, Classical historians and other specialists engaged in archaeological research across the world. In addition we house ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services) a contracting and CRM business. This cross-disciplinary academic and professional environment is ideal for the study of all aspects of archaeology and heritage in its widest sense.

The University

Founded in 1921 and granted a Royal Charter in 1957, Leicester is one of the older universities in Britain. We are a strong, research active university with over 90% of staff actively engaged in high quality research. 13 departments gained 5 or 5* ratings in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

Leicester is the UK's leading provider of taught postgraduate education. More than 18,000 students drawn from 120 countries study with us part and full-time. We are the UK’s largest provider of distance learning education after the Open University, with many years of experience in supporting distance learning students.


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