The Country House, MA, PGDip, PGCert, 2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you are fascinated by the English country house and the political, cultural and economic power it represents.

Start date
February each year
Department
History of Art and Film

Distance Learning Team
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Course description

Course description

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.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

What's the difference?

You can take this course as a full Masters, a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). If you choose to do the PGDip, you will take all four modules but you won't complete the dissertation. If you choose to the PGCert, you would take Module 1 and one further module of your choice.

Key dates

Start date: 11 February 2019
Application deadline for February 2019: 14 January 2019

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

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.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in February 2019

  • MA: £8,520
  • PGDip: £5,680
  • PGCert: £2,840
  • Short course (one module): £1,420

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible. (MA only; not available for PGDip, PGCert or Short course)

International Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in February 2019

  • MA: £8,520
  • PGDip: £5,680
  • PGCert: £2,840
  • Short course (one module): £1,420

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course is ideal for those working or intending to work in the heritage industry, museums, auction houses or tourism. The MA is 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 Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

MA

MA

Modules

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 MA without the dissertation.

Modules

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 will study just two of the modules from the MA.

Modules

Plus one option module from:

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?

All of our academic staff are actively involved in research and postgraduate supervision, meaning you will be taught by academics at the forefront of their discipline.

Our courses have been designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study within a structured and supportive framework from anywhere in the world. You can balance working towards a qualification with work or family commitments.

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's leading research and teaching universities with over 25 years' experience of offering high quality distance learning courses.

Teaching and learning

You will be provided with a Study Guide just before the start of each module, which explains the key issues and debates. The Study Guides include case studies, research questions, self-assessment exercises and guides to further reading. These printed module materials are supplemented with additional material made available electronically through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, which will also be a source for discussion and guided debate with other students and your tutors.

The actual amount of study time required will vary from module to module, but as a general guide you should aim to set aside about 15 hours a week for your studies. There are short study breaks in between each module of approximately 2-3 weeks. You will study the modules one at a time. Each module runs for 15 weeks, with an additional 30 weeks for the dissertation.

You will be allocated an academic tutor for each module, who will be available to you to provide advice and guidance on academic and study matters. In addition, the Distance Learning team will be on hand as your first point of contact for any questions you might have about any aspect of the course.

All modules are assessed by one or two pieces of written coursework. There are no written exams.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course The Country House Qualification MA Duration 2 years part-time Start Dates February each year Availability Apply Now
Course The Country House Qualification PGDip Duration 16 months part-time Start Dates February each year Availability Apply Now
Course The Country House Qualification PGCert Duration 8 months part-time Start Dates February each year Availability Apply Now
Course The Country House Qualification Short course - one module Duration 18 weeks part-time Start Dates February each year Availability Apply Now