Urban Conservation

MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to increase your historical knowledge of cities, conservation and heritage and apply your learning in a practical setting.

Course Description

This degree will provide you with specialist knowledge in issues of urban conservation and heritage and prepare you for professional practice within the field.

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.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
History
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5382
pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587
historypg@le.ac.uk

School of History website

Why Leicester?

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.

We have dedicated postgraduate facilities, including audio suites, a map room, and specialist libraries covering local and urban history.

The School is 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.

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.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

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 20,000-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.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus your dissertation

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 20,000-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.

Additional Information

Fieldwork 

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

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 school, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.

Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Urban Conservation MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Urban Conservation MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Urban Conservation
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Urban Conservation
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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