Country House (Art, History and Literature)

MA, PGDip, PGCert, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want an interesting and wide-ranging introduction to the complex and changing position of the country house in its local, regional and national environment.

Course Description

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.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
History of Art and Film
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 2620
histartfilm@le.ac.uk

Study of the Country House website

Why Leicester?

You can enjoy dedicated study space and computing facilities plus regular research seminars featuring staff, postgraduates and visiting speakers.

We are an exceptionally friendly team with a high ratio of staff to students and a learning environment designed to foster your ideas, knowledge, and opinions.

The teaching staff are specialists, drawn from across the University and the Heritage Sector.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Plus your dissertation.

If you choose to do the PGDip, you will take both core modules, but you won't complete the dissertation. If you choose to the PGCert, you will take one core module.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

In semester two you can either choose two option modules and a dissertation (20,000 words) or one option module and a longer dissertation (30,000 words).

Option modules:

If you choose to do the PGDip, you will take two option modules. If you choose to the PGCert, you will take one option module.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

What's the difference?

The Country House is available as both a full and part-time course. It is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).

If you choose to do the PGDip, you will take both core modules and two option modules but you won't complete the dissertation. If you choose to the PGCert, you would take one core module and one option module.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is taught by a combination of seminars, lectures and field trips. Each module is assessed by two essays of 2,500 words each or by one essay of 5,000 words. Your dissertation will be 20,000 words, or 30,000 words if you take only one option module.

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.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2017

    • £7,500

    Scholarships

    The Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Ltd annually offers two bursaries for students with a place on The Country House: Art, Literature and History MA course. Applicants should contact Professor Phillip Lindley (pgl1@leicester.ac.uk)

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?
  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2017

    • £14,740

    Scholarships

    The Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Ltd annually offers three bursaries for students with a place on The Country House: Art, Literature and History MA programme. Applicants should contact Professor Phillip Lindley (pgl1@leicester.ac.uk)

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

Our programme will offer a great boost to your career in a world where cultural tourism is now one of the biggest industries.

The MA in Country House: Art, History and Literature is an excellent postgraduate course if you are working or intending to work in the heritage industry, museums, auction houses or tourism.

Your prospects of employment in the heritage industry will be enhanced by selecting our module in The Country House: Management, Preservation, Education. This is taught through guided learning during the field trips and visits to country houses. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your research and study skills in our other modules.

Careers

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Country House: Art, History, and Literature MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Country House: Art, History, and Literature MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Country House: Art, History, and Literature PGCert September each year Apply Now
Course
Country House: Art, History, and Literature
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Country House: Art, History, and Literature
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Country House: Art, History, and Literature
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
Start Dates
September each year
Availability