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.

Start date
September each year
Department
History of Art and Film

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
schoolofarts@le.ac.uk

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Course description

Course description

This fascinating course covers 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.

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.

Entry requirements

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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £7,835

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 Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £15,405

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.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

MA

MA

Core modules

  • The Country House in History
  • Country House Research Skills

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • The Country House: Management, Preservation, Education
  • The Country House and the Collecting of Art: Evolution and Dispersal
  • The Country House in Literature
  • The Grand Tour: British Travellers and Travel Writers in 17th and 18th Century Europe

Plus your dissertation (20,000 words)

Alternatively can write an extended dissertation (30,000 words) in which case you should choose just one option module.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

PGDip

PGDip

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is the same as the MA but without the dissertation.

Core modules

  • The Country House in History
  • Country House Research Skills

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • The Country House: Management, Preservation, Education
  • The Country House and the Collecting of Art: Evolution and Dispersal
  • The Country House in Literature
  • The Grand Tour: British Travellers and Travel Writers in 17th and 18th Century Europe

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

PGCert

PGCert

For the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) you study one core module from the MA and one option module.

  • Either The Country House in History
  • Or Country House Research Skills

Plus one option module from:

  • The Country House: Management, Preservation, Education
  • The Country House and the Collecting of Art: Evolution and Dispersal
  • The Country House in Literature
  • The Grand Tour: British Travellers and Travel Writers in 17th and 18th Century Europe

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

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

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.

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

Teaching and learning

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.

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