Taught course

Urban History

University of Leicester · School of Historical Studies

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Urban History will provide you with a broad introduction to the historical study of towns and cities from classical antiquity to modern times. Our course is the only Urban History MA in the UK and attracts students from the across the globe.

The exciting and challenging course will enhance your historical understanding and allow you to concentrate on specialist fields including the cultural and social history of British and Irish towns, urban behaviour and landscapes, global and colonial cities, and contemporary issues in urban regeneration and conservation.

You will have the opportunity to acquire advanced research and analytical skills and will develop your capability to work independently on a large scale research project. Our course also gives you the structure to develop your transferable skills including oral and written presentation techniques which can be used if you're thinking of continuing to doctoral level or to pursue careers in other areas. You will take part in visits to local and national archives and trips to historical sites.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Rupert and Babette Evans MA Bursaries: two £4,000 bursaries available to postgraduate history students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Students who successfully complete all the coursework but do not write a dissertation are eligble for a post graduate diploma in history.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Department of History
+44 (0)116 252 2587