History (Urban History) MA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 23,219

Course Accredited By


  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
This course is run by the Centre for Urban History (CUH), an internationally recognised research centre for the study of towns and cities in the past. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches to studying the urban past, giving you the conceptual tools to pursue your own interests, and you will have the opportunity to study in depth a number of different cities in Britain, Europe and around the world.
  • Topics covered will include urban communities and cultures, architecture and townscape, urban environment and morphology. CUH is the hub for urban history in the UK and you will be able to attend a lively programme of seminars, workshops and conferences. 
  • The course will allow you to expand and deepen your historical knowledge and develop advanced research skills. We have a very strong tradition of pioneering fresh approaches in History from the local to the global. With over thirty research historians working in various fields, we offer expert supervision and a wealth of options. 

If you choose the Urban History specialist pathway of our History MA, your degree certificate will read 'MA History (Urban History)'. Alternatively you can opt for one of the other pathways or the standard History MA:

  • History (Local History) MA
  • History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies) MA
  • History MA
  • The MA degree will enhance your attractiveness to employers and equip you with the necessary training and experience to continue research at doctoral level. You will be encouraged to develop an independent approach to research and critical reflection.
  • The course can also be studied part-time over two years.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

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.

Core modules

  • Historical Research, Historical Writing
  • The City in History
  • Global Cities: the View from Asia
  • Plus your Dissertation

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Landscapes and Identities in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • Families and Communities in England and Wales, c. 1600-1900
  • The Holocaust - A Genocide: Mass Murder in Comparative Perspective
  • After The Holocaust - History and Memory in Postwar Germany
  • How Buildings Work: Architectural History and Structural Engineering from the Ancient World to 2000
  • Conservation, Heritage and the Urban Environment
  • Conservation in Practice
  • Mastering Medieval Sources / Latin (ab initio)
  • American Freedoms
  • Victorian Society
  • Global History: comparative and connected approaches
  • Religious Conflict and Coexistence
  • Doctors, Disease and Pandemics: Patients and Practitioners
  • Heritage in the Workplace
  • Directed Reading Module
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Starting in September 2021 MA: £8,190 
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. 
  • This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 
  • Find out more about scholarships and funding. 
  • Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

 Additional costs 

  • Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21: There are optional field course costs associated with this course. If you choose to take part in the one day field trip to Birmingham, you will incur travels costs in the region of £40-50.

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