Country House: Art, History and Literature, M.A.

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  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #159 (WUR) ,
This fascinating course investigates the architectural development of the English country house and its artistic contents, as well as its place in history and literature. The course also examines the economic and political importance of the house and its impact on the landscape, as well as 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. During the programme, you will have regular opportunities to take part in activities and field trips to complement teaching through seminars and lectures. The course has a strong vocational content and you will take part in guided study visits to museums and galleries at houses in the locality such as Lamport Hall, Boughton House and Kirby Hall. The Centre for the Study of the Country House's joint venture with Lamport Hall will provide you with the opportunity to take advantage of activities such as an annual guest lecture.

You will be become familiar with multi- and interdisciplinary postgraduate study and will be taught by a team of staff drawn from the University of Leicester's History of Art and Film, English and History departments who are not only passionate about their teaching, but are also at the cutting edge of research in this area.

The MA will equip you the skills to undertake further postgraduate research on the country house and is also ideal for those working or intending to work in the heritage industry, museums, auction houses or tourism.

Programme Structure

  • The Country House in History
  • Country House Research Skills
  • The Country House: Management, Preservation, Education
  • The Country House in Film and Television
  • The Country House in Literature
  • The Country House and its Collections
  • Dissertation

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity

              You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

              • Full-time duration 12 months
              • Average part-time duration 24 months
              • Intensity Flexible
              • Part-time variant
            • Credits
              60 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

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            Academic Requirements

            • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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            Entry Requirements
            • Normally a 2:1 degree or its equivalent.
            • We also welcome applicants who do not have a degree but do have experience in a related field - such as some aspect of the heritage industry.
            • We may ask you to write a sample essay to demonstrate that you can confidently work at postgraduate level.
            English Language Requirements
            • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              14740 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 14740 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • EU/EEA Applies to you

              7500 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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