Taught course

Garden and Landscape History

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

Entry requirements

1st Class or upper 2nd Class degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject; applicants with relevant experience and skill may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Garden and Landscape History brings together the disciplines of history, horticulture, architecture, and archaeology to help students gain an appreciation of the study of garden history as a cultural discipline.

Students learn how to distinguish different types of garden-making over time and in different countries, from the sixteenth century to the present day in Britain, Europe and America.

The programme emphasises design and management, ownership and the cultural contexts of gardens and landscapes. Students learn a range of research and writing skills. Teaching is provided by the Institute of Historical Research, with a strong emphasis on tutor-student interaction in class. The programme features visits to gardens throughout London, along with practical sessions at museums and libraries. Students can participate in an optional field trip to Italy in the spring.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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