The Centre offers wide-ranging opportunities for those wishing to read for the degree of MPhil or PhD. It lays stress on the ease of access to supervisors, regular extended discussions of thesis planning and written work, and an annual self-assessment of progress.
Areas of Research
The Centre currently hosts research students studying a great variety of topics in England and Wales from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. You can browse our completed PhD theses and see what our current PhD students are studying.
In the twentieth century the Centre published a prestigious monograph series entitled 'Communities, Contexts and Cultures: Leicester Studies in English Local History'. Now the Centre edits an affordable paperback shorter-text series entitled 'Explorations in Local and Regional History'.
The University Library houses an exceptional local history collection (arguably the fullest outside Oxford, Cambridge, and London) covering all counties of England and Wales, and includes not only recent publications but also volumes dating back to the sixteenth century. The holding, together with the Marc Fitch Fund Library, makes Leicester unique among provincial English Universities for the comprehensiveness of its holdings in local history.