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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Garden History Landscape Archaeology

Course type


Course Summary

Learn how to acquire knowledge from a range of sources including history, horticulture, architecture, garden archaeology and other subjects, to develop an appreciation of the study of garden history as a cultural discipline.

Course details

The MA in Garden and Landscape History introduces students to key historical approaches, sources and methods relevant to the study of gardens and landscapes throughout history. You will learn how to acquire knowledge from a range of sources, including history, horticulture, architecture and garden archaeology, in order to develop an appreciation of the study of garden history as a cultural discipline. You will be able to appreciate differences in garden-making over time and in different countries, from the sixteenth century to the present day in Britain, Europe and America. The emphasis will be on design and management, ownership and the culture from which these examples have evolved.

This degree will also provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will learn a range of academic research and writing skills. Students will be encouraged to attend and take part in the IHR seminars on the History of Gardens and Landscapes, which are held on some Thursdays at 6pm. Students may also attend any of the IHR’s short training courses free of charge.

Course structure

The course is run on a full-time (one year) basis. For all students, core teaching (Modules 1 and 2) takes place on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm during the autumn and spring terms of the first year. The summer term will be dedicated to dissertation research and writing (Module 3). Students also attend 7 additional sessions for dissertation preparation on Wednesdays 4-5.30pm at the end of the autumn term and the beginning of the spring term.

Students must complete Modules 1, 2 and 3 to be awarded the full MA. However, there are options available for flexible study:

  • Module 1 can be undertaken as a standalone unit leading to a Certificate in Garden and Landscape History.
  • Modules 1 and 2 can be taken leading to a Diploma in Garden and Landscape History.


The first term will showcase the huge variety of resources available to study garden and landscape history from archaeology, architecture, cartography, horticulture, manuscripts, paintings and other works of art, from the medieval period to the present day. A key aspect of Module 1 is the opportunity to consider in detail theoretical concepts underpinning garden history and their practical application.

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in any discipline in the humanities that is related to the course. Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered. English is the language of instruction and applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.