Undergraduate study

Whatever interests you about archaeology and ancient history, we can assure you that if you have a passion for the past, we have a degree for you.

Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester

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Available degrees

Archaeology BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: V400
Even a pile of chipped rocks can tell us so much about where, when and how people lived in the past. This degree digs deep into the discipline of archaeology, and how you can use it to make sense of millions of years of human history.

Archaeology BSc (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: F400
Studying over three million years of human history is one thing. Working out in the field is another. This degree is geared towards practical experience, giving you the excavation skills to carve a professional career in the archaeological sector.

Ancient History BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: V112
Imperialist titans, gladiatorial battles, and Roman graffiti – the ancient world is truly fascinating. In this degree, you’ll come face-to-face with the societies and cultures of antiquity, and take one step closer to a career unravelling the past.

Ancient History and Archaeology BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: VV41
From classic texts and crumbling architecture, to Neolithic monuments, there’s so much we can learn from historical evidence. Combining archaeology with ancient history, this degree sets you up for a diverse career across both disciplines.

History and Archaeology BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: VV14
Aristotle said it best: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. By studying history and archaeology side by side, you’ll discover more than what you thought was possible about our human past.

Ancient History and History BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: V110
What ideas have transcended the ages? What human experiences have changed over time? By studying a vast range of historical periods, you’ll look at the ways in which the modern and ancient worlds are inextricably linked.

Major/Minor degrees

Major in Archaeology BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: V402
You’re fascinated by the incredible diversity of human history – and the events that have shaped our world. But you want to combine your studies with another subject. In this degree, you can make this happen.

Minor in Archaeology
3-4 years

Minor in Ancient History
3-4 years

Distance learning degrees

Archaeology BA (also available as DipHE, CertHE or short course - one module)
1-6 years, by distance learning
Can't make it to campus? In this distance learning degree, you can still learn about the theory and practice of archaeology, and how it can be used to make sense of millions of years of human history.

Ancient History and Classical Archaeology BA (also available as DipHE or CertHE)
1-6 years, by distance learning
When it comes to understanding the past, two disciplines are often better than one. In this degree, you'll study the ancient and classical worlds through both textual and material remains, with the added flexibility of working from home.

Fieldwork

As a student at Leicester, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable practical and professional experience out in the field, in our labs, and on study tours around the world.

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Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between Archaeology and Ancient History? Should I study Archaeology BA or BSc? What can I do with what I studied at school? Find answers to these questions and more by browsing our FAQs.

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Student dissertations

Your final year dissertation gives you a chance to investigate a topic in depth, supported by an academic supervisor. Browse just a handful of our recent successful undergraduate dissertations.

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Meet our students and lecturers

See our current students talk to our lecturers about some of our undergraduate modules, and get a taste of life as a student in Archaeology and Ancient History.

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