Archaeology and Ancient History

Learning experience

Designed for flexibility

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you. You will work within our structured framework, which allows you to obtain a qualification by building on skills and subject knowledge with each module taken and each level of the programme completed. There are two points every year when modules begin (February and September), and it is possible for you to put your studies on hold for set periods - we recognise that there are times when jobs, families and other life commitments need to take priority over studying.

Modules tailored to your needs

All of our modules are of the highest academic standard, and are routinely subject to the same internal and external scrutiny as all of our campus-based courses. However, learning at a distance does not simply duplicate the way we teach our campus students, instead it is tailored to the diverse routines, time zones, and commitments of our learners. There are options for practical courses in Leicester or nearer home, and opportunities to interact in small groups with peers and tutors which supplement the online resources. 

Our support offering

You will have a personal tutor who you can talk to about any aspect of the course. There are optional group discussions with subject tutors and fellow students which are great for sharing experience, asking questions, and feeling part of the University. All assignments are marked with detailed feedback provided and specific guidance on how to improve

The Library

Wherever you are in the world, you will have access to University services, including the Library. The University of Leicester Library has an excellent collection of digital books, journals, and databases, and an enquiry and support service with access to specialist librarians and academic skills advisors. The Library also offers the following:

  • Access to the online catalogue and digital library including electronic books, journals and databases
  • Free postal book loan service for distance learners, including free book returns
  • Free copies of book chapters and journal articles, where they are not available electronically
  • Free document supply service for book chapters and journal articles, where they are not available at our library
  • Free access to other libraries at universities across the UK and Ireland, where the university participates in the Sconul library access scheme

 Find out more about Library support for distance learners.

Visiting us

As a University of Leicester student you have full access to campus and facilities. If you would like to meet a member of staff in person, such as your personal or module tutor we recommend you contact them in advance. We run various fieldschools and practical modules which take place on campus and in the surrounding Leicestershire area. Visiting Leicester in this way is optional for some courses and compulsory for others.

When you successfully complete your Bachelors or Masters qualification, you will be invited to attend a formal graduation ceremony in Leicester. Many of our students take this opportunity and choose to bring their families along too, so that they can see their university first-hand.

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