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MA in European Urbanisation


Course Description

MA IN EUROPEAN URBANISATION AT THE CENTRE FOR URBAN HISTORY

GENERAL INFORMATION
This interdisciplinary course integrates European urban history and urban studies. It entails a comparative study of the city and its impact on European development from the earliest times to the present day and gives you the opportunity to study in two European universities during the one-year course programme.

There are currently five partner universities participating in the MA and each student registers for the postgraduate course in one of these five. This will be his/her home university. S/he will attend courses in this home university for the first semester.

All courses taken during this semester will be the same in each university but will be given in the language of that university. Participants will spend the second semester in one of the other partner universities and take courses there.

DURATION
This course is available on a one-year, full-time basis only.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A minimum of a second class honours degree or its equivalent.

COURSE STRUCTURE – for students based at the Centre for Urban History:

Taught Modules:

Semester 1
Students take four common modules which together add up to 60 credits:

• European Urbanization: Ancient to Modern
• Knowledge and Methods in Social Sciences (part 1)
• Economic Theory and History
• Historical Research Methods (including Surviving Archives)

Semester 2
This semester is spent in one of our partner institutions across Europe. (Please note that all modules offered are subject to availability.)

History Department, Berlin Technical University
• Imperial Berlin. City Planning and Capital Building 1871-1918 (seminar and excursion)
• Old and New Industrial Towns in Germany, 19th and 20th Centuries (seminar and excursion)
• The Dynamics of Sub-Urbanisation. 'Better Areas' in Berlin 1871-1933
• European Cities at War 1914-1945

Institute for Urban History, Department of History, University of Stockholm

• The History of Stockholm

• The Rise of the Welfare Society.

• Urban Environmental Issues

• Special reading course

Department of Geography, University College Dublin
• The Built Form of the Western City (shared with architecture)
• The Growth and Development of Dublin
• A course of directed readings

Department of Social Sciences and History, Technical University Darmstadt
• (modules to be confirmed)

Modules offered by the Centre for Urban History, Leicester, for visiting students
• Urban Topography 1540-1840
• The Making of the English Urban Landscape
• Vices and Virtues
• Colonial Cities in British Asia and Africa, c. 1850-1950
• Planning the City 1840-1940

For more information on courses see: http://www.le.ac.uk/urbanhist/teaching_and_research/teaching/ma_euro_urban.html

DISSERTATION
This is an important opportunity for students to develop their own research expertise while working on an approved topic under the direction of a supervisor. The dissertation consists of a maximum of 20,000 words and is worth 60 credits.

TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT
Teaching at the Centre for Urban History is innovative and high quality and conducted by enthusiastic and experienced staff. This MA course is taught using the more traditional small group seminars but also uses the latest technology – internet on-line learning and video lectures. Assessment for modules varies between options. Some are assessed by coursework alone and others by a mixture of coursework and written ‘open' examination.

FUNDING
The Centre has again received confirmation of its excellence in research training from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which means that
students can apply for an ESRC 1+3 studentship.
These awards fees plus maintenance for eligible students to undertake a one-year MA degree followed by a PhD. Closing date for funding applications is 1 April. Applications for places without funding are received beyond this date.

There is also a maintenance allowance and ‘dislocation' expenses of €1050 for European Urbanisation MA students to travel to partner institutions in the second semester.

OTHER MA DEGREES OFFERED BY THE CENTRE
The Centre for Urban History also offers a part-time MA in Social History and a full-time MA in European Urbanisation which involves a semester abroad in an European University.

FURTHER INFORMATION
More information about the Centre for Urban History, its facilities and resources, the postgraduate environment and the broad range of workshops, seminars, field trips and summer schools can be seen at http://www.le.ac.uk/urbanhist/
For application forms contact Kate Crispin

Visit the MA in European Urbanisation page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first class or upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent.

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