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 Department of History of Art and Film, School of English and School of History 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.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We
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.
The Country House in History
Country House Research Skills
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).
The Country House: Management, Preservation, Education
The Country House in Film and Television
The Country House in Literature
The Country House and its Collections
The Country House and its Landscapes
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.
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