Taught course

The Country House

University of Leicester · Department of History of Art and Film

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent (GPA of 3 or higher for North American students) in any Arts or Humanities subject – including but not limited to: History, Art History, English Literature, Archaeology, Modern Languages, Museum Studies or Cultural Studies.

If you don't have a suitable degree but do have experience in a relevant field, such as some aspect of the 'heritage industry', you are also welcome to apply. You may be required to write a qualifying essay to demonstrate your ability to work with confidence at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


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.

Our modular structure allows you to study on a module-by-module basis and therefore develop from a PG certificate to a PG Diploma to a full MA. The full Masters Degree (MA) takes two years of study, but it is possible to study for a shorter Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) instead. All three variants start with the mandatory module on 'The Country House in Art, Literature and History' which can also be taken as a stand-alone short course for interest and/or continuing professional development.

Qualification and course duration


24 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Distance Learning Team
+44 (0) 116 252 2903