Research in the Medieval Research Centre at Leicester is innovative, wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, covering many specialist disciplines, such as Old and Middle English, manuscript studies, the Crusades, and the genetic heritage of the Viking past.

We attract substantial external research grants (more than £1.75 million since 2008) from research councils and charities, and we are always looking to deepen and expand our research base through collaboration and network grants with colleagues in the UK and abroad.

Our projects

Browse the research projects currently being undertaken by our researchers, which span the breadth of medieval literature, history, culture and archaeology.

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See some of the academic publications edited, authored and contributed to by people associated with the Medieval Research Centre.

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Recent grants

See some of the research grants recently awarded to academic staff working within the Medieval Research Centre.

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Research resources

Leicester holds excellent research resources for medieval studies, including extensive collections of rare books and manuscripts.

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Current PhD projects

Browse the PhD projects currently being undertaken by PhD students within the Medieval Research Centre.

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Past PhD projects

Browse some past PhD projects undertaken by PhD students within the Medieval Research Centre.

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Postdoctoral and visiting fellowships

The Medieval Research Centre welcomes enquiries from advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (from home or abroad) about applications for funded postdoctoral or visiting fellowships. Leicester has a good track record of successful applications from medievalists to the British Academy, AHRC and Leverhulme Trust.

We are also able to offer non-stipendary Honorary Visiting Fellowships (3-12 months) to scholars whose research would benefit from a period of sustained contact with the Medieval Research Centre at Leicester. We propose individuals to the University, and for this purpose need a research proposal or programme of study that a visitor will undertake while in Leicester. This should be accompanied by a brief CV.