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Full time | University of Leicester | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Urban Studies Conservation / Protection Of Specific Environments

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

This course will provide you with specialist knowledge in issues of urban conservation and heritage and prepare you for professional practice within the field.

The course has achieved full recognition by the Institute for Historic Building Conservation, the principal body representing Conservation professionals.

The course combines the historical study of cities and conservation practice with an understanding of architecture, material culture and the principles of establishing heritage value to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding in an area of growing significance for planning, tourism and urban policy.

You will develop an understanding of research design and acquire advanced analytical skills which will prepare you to undertake and complete a dissertation on an original topic of your choice.

You will gain practical skills in areas such as project management and scientific practice, ensuring you develop the expertise and knowledge to further your career in urban conservation or to undertake PhD study.

Teaching and learning

The course contains input from professional practitioners and employers, and you will have the opportunity to take part in field work as well as class-based study, and independent learning.

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 you can feel confident about your practical abilities as well as your critical skills.


If you choose the module Conservation, Heritage and Planning you will have opportunities for fieldwork, looking at examples of conservation and urban regeneration in places like Leicester's cultural quarter and Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

Careers and employability

Our MA course 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 department, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.


During this module, you'll examine the environment of present-day towns and cities and how they are (or are not) conserved. You'll look at how historical processes such as industrialisation and war have shaped urban environments, and how cultural, economic and emotional aspects of the legacy of the past have affected the value of specific buildings and areas. You'll examine the emergence of movements for conservation and heritage in the 1960s and how they came to shape urban policy, including their influence on economic regeneration. Plus, you'll analyse the principles of conservation in Britain and beyond and study their application, including within legal, political and planning frameworks and current issues faced by conservationists. You'll get the opportunity to take part in fieldwork, looking at examples of conservation and urban regeneration in places like Leicester's cultural quarter and Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Throughout, you'll be encouraged to think critically about the politics of conservation and heritage and engage with the debates that surround heritage specialists and urban designers.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have: 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.

University information

For a century, the University of Leicester has been home to great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking work of the university’s expert research groups, postgraduate students will tackle the emerging social, economic, political, and scientific issues head-on and set the agenda where others simply follow....more

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