Research course

Archaeology and Ancient History

University of Leicester · School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in Archaeology or cognate discipline. Normally a Masters qualification or the equivalent of five years professional experience. Formal application and (for UK residents) interview is required. Distance learning PhDs are primarily aimed at those who are professional archaeologists (or ancient historians) of some standing and experience, with a wide knowledge of the appropriate data sets, and with all the necessary skills and access to any facilities required.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History is a thriving research and teaching community comprising over 20 core staff in archaeology and 5 in ancient history, including research fellows. Field projects exist in Britain, NW Europe, the Mediterranean (including Egypt, Italy, North Africa, Jordan). Campus and DL PhD numbers currently stand at 50 covering topics from early pre-history to early modern architecture. All students are required to pass an end of year one (two year part-time or DL) upgrade.

Department specialisms

Landscape archaeology; British, European and Mediterranean archaeology (prehistoric to industrial); ancient Greek and Roman history; economies; material culture and representation; archaeobotany; ceramic petrology.

Information for international students

Intensive training available using modules from Masters programmes. These programmes are also available by distance learning. Foreign language students are required to meet University English standards.

Fees and funding

AHRC, NERC, university scholarship, ORS, self funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
48-84 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months
distance learning
48 months

Course contact details

School/ Postgraduate Secretary
0116 252 2611
0116 252 5005