Urban Conservation MA/MSc

Duration and Mode of study

One year full time or two years part time

Start dates


Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree in History or a cognate subject. Applications are also invited from those who do not possess the normal admission requirements but who can show enthusiasm and competence by having attended relevant certificated courses, by submitting published work or on the basis of professional experience demonstrated in a portfolio or record of achievement.



Home/EU: £5,470
International: £13,500

Course aims

The course aims to provide specialist knowledge in the field of urban conservation and preparation for professional practice within it. It combines the historical study of cities and conservation practice with an understanding of architecture, material culture and materials science to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding in an area of growing significance for planning, tourism and urban policy. The course brings together expertise across the humanities and sciences, including Leicester specialisms such as Urban History and Museum Studies.

It will provide students with an introduction to research design; will develop analytical skills; will enable students to undertake and complete a dissertation on an original topic. The course will have a strong appeal to social, economic, and cultural historians, planning specialists, geographers, art historians and all those with an interest in the study of the city and the practice of planning and conservation.

Course modules

Students complete a dissertation plus four from the following:

  • The City in History
  • New Approaches to Landscapes, Buildings and Objects
  • The Science of Material Conservation
  • Conservation, Heritage and Planning
  • Project Management
  • Urban Sustainability

Teaching and assessment methods

The course contains inputs from professional practitioners and employers, and students will engage in field work as well as class-based study, and independent learning including use of Blackboard (e.g. chat room, resources). 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 students can feel confident about their practical know-how as well as critical skills.


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