Postgraduate research

Archaeology and Ancient History PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: Archaeology and Ancient History

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.

We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Archaeology and Ancient History in the following research areas.

Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page

Dr Eric Guiry uses the stable isotope composition of archaeological remains to explore past cultural and biological phenomena. He is particularly interested in understanding the evolution of human-animal relationships, and to apply what we can learn to real-world challenges in archaeology and beyond. His research covers a wide range of questions like, what do the diets of dogs and cats tell us about the societies of their human keepers? Can the behaviour of archaeological pests like rats help us understand the processes involved in commensalism and biological invasions? Can we find patterns in past animal ecology that can help address key questions for present and future environmental restoration efforts? He can supervise projects in any region of the world or time period.
Dr Jan Haywood has research interests that span the history of the ancient Greek world and its receptions. His primary field is ancient Greek historiography, notably on the historian Herodotus and issues of his historical methodology and intellectual context, but also on the other major Greek historians, Thucydides and Xenophon. He also specialises in certain aspects of ancient Greek religion, such as the use of – and changing approaches to – oracles, dreams, and other methods of communication with the gods. A further interest is the ways in which different cultural and historical aspects of ancient Greece have been received beyond antiquity, and he has published on the reception history of the Trojan War tradition, from the classical period to the twenty-first century. 

Dr Sarah Inskip has research interests in the area of Bioarchaeology, focusing on the analysis of human skeletal and animal remains. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between human behavioural practices/habits and the emergence and spread of disease in past populations. At present, she is focusing on the relationship between tobacco use and health in the early modern period and would be happy to supervise topics relating to any aspect of this research area, including biomolecular approaches and in areas outside Western Europe. She is also keen to supervise students that have an interest in health in Roman Britain, and the origin and spread of leprosy and tuberculosis in any time period or location. 

Dr Selena Wisnom is happy to supervise topics related to ancient Mesopotamian history, literature, religion, and scholarship. In particular her interests lie in Akkadian and Sumerian poetry, history of the neo-Assyrian period, and the history of ideas in the ancient near East, especially as represented in divinatory texts of all genres (astrological, sacrificial, omens of human behaviour, et cetera). She is also interested in the reception of ancient Mesopotamia and creative ways of engaging with its heritage, in particular through theatre and performance.



3 UK Tuition Fee Waivers for 3 years for full time study or 6 years part time study  (part time only available to UK applicants)

1  Full Time Overseas Fee waiver for 3 years

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email 


How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023*.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered

*UK applicants may apply for either full time or part time study. International applicants may only apply for full time study if they require a Student Visa to study in the UK




UK and International Students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.


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