School of Advanced Study

Course Introduction

Students will learn how to acquire knowledge from a range of sources including history, horticulture, architecture, garden archaeology and other subjects, in order 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. This degree aims to provide an academically rigorous environment in which students can 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 are 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.

Course Modules

Students must complete core module 1, core module 2 (selecting 3 options from the 7 provided), and core module 3 ' a 15,000 word dissertation in order to be awarded the full MA. However, there are a range of options available for flexible study: Those wishing to pursue this course on a part'time basis can complete Modules 1 and 2 (the taught elements of the course) in their 1st year and Module 3, the dissertation, in their 2nd year. Module 1 can be undertaken as a standalone unit leading to a diploma, the credit for which can be banked should the student wish to complete the MA at a later date (within a prescribed time frame) Please enquire for further details. Modules include: researching garden history; culture and politics of gardens; dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

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

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £12,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,250  Academic year. First year home fees