Taught course

Garden and Landscape History

School of Advanced Study · Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

What does this course cover?

This degree will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will learn a range of academic research and writing skills. Teaching will be undertaken at the Institute of Historical Research, with a strong emphasis on tutor/student interaction in class. There will be practical sessions at museums and libraries, as well as visits to gardens in London. There will also be an optional field trip to Italy in the spring.

Students will learn how to acquire knowledge from a range of sources including history, horticulture, architecture, garden archaeology and other subjects, to develop an appreciation of the study of garden history as a cultural discipline.

Students will be able to appreciate the differences in garden-making over time and in different countries, from the 16th century to the present day in Britain, Europe and America. Emphasis will be on design and management, ownership, and the culture from which these examples have evolved.

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The course will be run on a full-time basis over one year. Teaching will take place on Thursdays from 10:00 to 17:00 and will be divided between two terms. The third term will be dedicated to dissertation preparation and writing.

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Students must complete two modules and a 15,000 word dissertation to be awarded the full MA. However, there are a range of options available for flexible study:

If you wish to complete the course on a part-time basis you can complete two modules in your first year, and the dissertation in your second year

If you wish to complete just one module, can can take this as a standalone module leading to a PG Cert (which can be banked if you wish to complete the full MA at a later date)

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Core Modules:

  • Researching Garden History (60 credits)
  • Culture and Politics of Gardens (60 credits)
  • Dissertation

For each module, students will undertake a range of different sessions with some being optional choices.

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

The School of Advanced Study has a range of funding opportunities for home, EU and international applicants. Find out more about funding opportunities here. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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