The course combines the historical study of cities and conservation practice with an understanding of architecture, material culture and the principles of establishing heritage value to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding in an area of growing significance for planning, tourism and urban policy.
You will develop an understanding of research design and acquire advanced analytical skills which will prepare you to undertake and complete a dissertation on an original topic of your choice.
You will gain practical skills in areas such as project management and scientific practice, ensuring you develop the expertise and knowledge to further your career in urban conservation or to undertake PhD study.
2:1 degree in history or another relevant discipline.
We welcome applicants who do not have a degree but who can show enthusiasm and competence by having attended relevant certificated courses, by submitting published work or by writing qualifying essays to a first degree standard.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
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Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21:
There are optional field course costs associated with this course. If you choose to take part in the one day field trip to Birmingham, you will incur travels costs in the region of £40-50.
Careers and employability
Careers and employability
Our MA course will offer you a very strong competitive advantage and career choices and your future salary can be considerably enhanced by postgraduate qualifications.
A postgraduate degree in history provides you with a wide range of skills including:
critical analysis of textual, visual, and material evidence
statistical analysis and database design
advanced written and oral presentation skills
time management and independent working on a large-scale research project
As a postgraduate student in the department, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.
Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.
If you enrol on our two-year part-time course you will take one core module and one option module in each semester over the two years and complete a 15,000-word dissertation in the second year.
Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.
The Centre for Urban History also has a close relationship with Montagu Evans, a firm of chartered surveyors and property consultants, who regularly offer internships for our students. Working closely with such employers ensures the course is always professionally relevant.
We are home to the hugely popular and successful New History Lab. The lab was set up by postgraduates for postgraduates to provide an interactive forum to discuss history and share ideas.
We have dedicated postgraduate facilities, including audio suites, a map room, and specialist libraries covering local and urban history.
You will benefit from the expertise of practitioners who are brought together through Leicester’s connections to leading national bodies including English Heritage and Historic England.
Teaching and learning
The course contains input from professional practitioners and employers, and you will have the opportunity to take part in field work as well as class-based study, and independent learning.
Assessment will include essays, oral presentations and a formal research-based dissertation. Practice-based assessments will also be conducted on activities such as project management so that you can feel confident about your practical abilities as well as your critical skills.
If you choose the module Conservation, Heritage and Planning you will have opportunities for fieldwork, looking at examples of conservation and urban regeneration in places like Leicester's cultural quarter and Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
"My course has enabled me to study a wide range of core topics whilst also specialising in my favoured area. I feel that I have a more in-depth and rounded knowledge – the skills that I have gained have put me in a good position for a diverse range of careers."