Taught course

Country House

University of Leicester · Department of History of Art and Film

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree or its equivalent. We also welcome applicants who do not have a degree but do have experience in a related field - such as some aspect of the heritage industry. If your first language is not English you will need to satisfy the University's English Language Requirements

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This MA will provide you with a unique and wide-ranging introduction to the complex and ever-changing role of the country house in its local, regional and national environment. The course is taught by distance learning, so you can learn around your existing commitments in a way that suits you.

This fascinating course investigates the architectural development of the English country house and its artistic contents, as well as its place within history and literature. The course also examines the economic and political importance of the house and its impact on the landscape, plus the technologies employed to design, build and run it.

You will study a wide variety of subjects, including the architecture of great houses, their economic and political importance, their gardens and landscapes, the furniture within them, their collections, and their representation in literature and film. Throughout the programme, you will be introduced to skills of multi- and interdisciplinary study.

This course is ideal for those working or intending to work in the heritage industry, museums, auction houses or tourism. The MA is ideally suited to graduates in subjects such as History of Art and Architecture, Social and Economic History, or English Literature, as well as those who intend to undertake further MPhil or PhD research on the country house.

Fees and funding

Most students finance their postgraduate studies from a combination of sources, including loans, employer sponsorship, scholarships, personal savings and part-time work.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-48 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
8 months


distance learning
16 months

Course contact details

History of Art and Film Department
+44 (0)116 252 2620