Urban History MA

Duration and mode of study

One year full-time or two years part-time.

Start Dates

September each year.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, 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 by writing qualifying essays to a first degree standard.



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

Course aims

These include: to provide an illuminating and challenging introduction to the historical study of towns and cities; to provide an introduction to research design; to develop analytical skills; to inspire 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 of individual communities.


Course modules

Core (for all pathways):

  • Concepts in Urban History
  • Research Training for Historians
  • Dissertation

Global Cities Pathway

  • Colonial Cities In British Asia and Africa
  • The European and the American City: Concepts and Realities.

Conservation Heritage and Planning Pathway

  • Conservation, Heritage and the Urban Environment
  • Architecture and Planning in 20th Century Europe and America

Option modules for MA Urban History general pathway

Two from the following subject to availability:

  • Colonial Cities in British Asia and Africa.
  • The European and the American City: Concepts and Realities.
  • Conservation, Heritage and the Urban Environment.
  • Vices and Virtues: Behaving and Misbehaving in British Society 1850-1980.
  • Urban Topography: Image and Reality, c.1540–1840.
  • Testimonies of the City.

Teaching and assessment methods

Teaching is mainly by seminars with 5-10 students. There are also 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 students in their project work and dissertations. Assessment is by essays, assignments and projects, and a 20,000 word dissertation.


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