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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Urban Studies Conservation / Protection Of Specific Environments

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you want to increase your historical knowledge of cities, conservation and heritage and apply your learning in a practical setting. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leicester | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module belongs to semester one. During this module, you’ll critically evaluate the different languages of architecture from the ancient world to the present day. You’ll appraise individual buildings and townscapes, fluently describing their design and construction and relating it to historical and contemporary styles. A plethora of architectural theories have shaped the historic built environment - you’ll explore these, how they've changed over time and how those changes and developments fit within broader political, economic, social and cultural change. You’ll also examine how buildings are built, how they stand up, and the use of different materials. In addition, you’ll learn how historians have shaped our understanding of architecture and how this affects what we know about the past.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a 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

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the 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 research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more

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