The Country House MA/PGDip/PGCert, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Launching in February 2015, this fascinating postgraduate course investigates the architectural development of the English country house and its artistic contents, as well as its place within history and literature


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.

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Programme Structure

  • Module 1: The Country House in Art, Literature and History
  • Module 2: Country House Architecture in 18th Century Britain
  • Module 3:The Country House and its Landscapes
  • Module 4: Furnishing the Country House in 18th Century Britain

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website ( or/and Terms and Conditions ( for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date February each year
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 7805 International
  • GBP 7805 EU/EEA

*Fees listed are for full MSc course entry in February 2017

PGDip - £5,200

PGCert -£2,600

Short Coruse (one module) - £1,290


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