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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Garden History Landscape Archaeology

Course type


Course Summary

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.

The course is run on a full-time (one year) or a part-time (two years) 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). Full-time 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. Part-time students attend two additional days for dissertation preparation on Wednesdays 10am-4pm during the first part of the summer term and complete dissertation research and writing during their second year.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a First-class or upper second-class degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants with relevant experience and skill may also be considered.