Research degrees

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.

MPhil and PhD theses 1948-2019

Explore a bibliography of the titles of PhD and MPhil theses undertaken by our alumni between 1948 and 2019.

Browse our theses

Current PhD students

Browse a list of our current PhD students and the research they're engaged in.

See our current research

Publishing

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'.

Facilities

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.