University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Urban Conservation

The course provides 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 provides students with an introduction to research design; develops analytical skills; enables students to undertake and complete a dissertation on an original topic. The course has 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.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper 2nd 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.

Course modules

Students complete a dissertation plus 4 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.

Assessment methods

The course contains inputs from professional practitioners and employers, and students engage in field work as well as class-based study, and independent learning including use of Blackboard (eg chat room, resources). Assessment includes essays, oral presentations and a formal research-based dissertation. Practice-based assessments is also conducted on activities such as project management so that students can feel confident about their practical know-how as well as critical skills.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0116 252 2378