Urban History

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

This is for you if... you want to study the history of urban culture and society at a specialist research centre of international academic excellence.

Course Description

The MA in Urban History will provide you with a broad introduction to the historical study of towns and cities from classical antiquity to modern times. Our course is the only Urban History MA in the UK and attracts students from the across the globe.

The exciting and challenging course will enhance your historical understanding and allow you to concentrate on specialist fields including the cultural and social history of British and Irish towns, urban behaviour and landscapes, global and colonial cities, and contemporary issues in urban regeneration and conservation.

You will have the opportunity to acquire advanced research and analytical skills and will develop your capability to work independently on a large scale research project. Our course also gives you the structure to develop your transferable skills including oral and written presentation techniques which can be used if you're thinking of continuing to doctoral level or to pursue careers in other areas. You will take part in visits to local and national archives and trips to historical sites.

In the first semester you will take the two core modules Historical Research Methods and The City in History. During the second semester you will have the opportunity to select from a variety of options to suit your interests. You will also write a 20,000-word dissertation on an approved topic of your choice under the direction of a supervisor.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5382

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587

School of History website

Why Leicester?

History at Leicester is home to two highly regarded postgraduate research centres, the Centre for English Local History and the Centre for Urban History, which deliver our specialist MAs.

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

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.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

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

    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.

    Teaching and Assessment

    You will be taught mainly through small group seminars. You will also take part in visits to local and national archives, trips to historical sites, specialist day workshops and a series of guest seminars from distinguished visiting urban historians. Online tutorials, datasets and web resources have been developed to assist you with your project work and dissertations.

    Assessment is by essays, assignments and projects, and your 20,000-word dissertation.

    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 in Urban History 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.


    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 History MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
    Urban History MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
    Urban History
    1 year full-time
    Start Dates
    September each year
    Urban History
    2 years part-time
    Start Dates
    September each year

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