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 from 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.

Study Details:

MA 1-2 years, full- or part-time

Module Details:

Semester 1


  • The City in History
  • How Buildings Work: Architectural History and Structural Engineering from the Ancient World to 2000

Semester 2


  • Conservation, Heritage and the Urban Environment
  • Conservation in Practice

Plus your Urban Conservation Dissertation

If you enrol on our two-year part-time course you will take one core module and one option module in each semester over the two years and complete a 15,000-word dissertation in the second year.

Student Destinations

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.


UK and EU MA: £8,190 International Students MA: £16,825

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.

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