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

Modules: Theory and practice in garden landscape history; culture and politics of gardens; dissertation.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £6,430 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,900 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £3,545 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

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