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 English 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.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
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.
Historical Research Methods
The City in History
Option modules, choose two option modules from:
Conservation, Heritage and Planning
Urban Topography: Image and Reality, 1540-1840
Global Cities: The View from Asia
The Victorian City: Past, Present and Future?
Heritage in the Workplace
Plus your dissertation
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.
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