This degree will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will learn a range of academic research and writing skills. Students will learn how to acquire knowledge from a range of sources and develop an understanding of gardens and landscapes in Britain and in a variety of different countries.
Teaching will be undertaken at the Institute of Historical Research, but with practicalsessions at museums and libraries, as well as visits to gardens in London. There will be anoptional overseas visit to Italy for those that wish to take it. There will be a strong emphasis on tutor/student interaction in class.
The course will be run on a full-time basis over one year. From 2015, the course will also be run on a part-time basis (2 years). Teaching will take place one full day a week. Teaching on the course will be divided between two terms with the third term dedicated to dissertation preparation and writing.Students must complete core module 1, core module 2 (selecting three options from the seven provided), and module 3 - a 15,000 word dissertation.
Module 1: Researching Garden History (60 credits)
The first term will showcase the huge variety of resources available to study garden and landscape history from archaeology, architecture, cartography, horticulture, manuscripts, paintings and other works of art, from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Sessions include: Early maps of gardens (British library); Garden Archaeology (Hampton Court); Gardens and Architecture referencing Drawings Collection at the RIBA and V&A; The Italian Renaissance and English Gardens; The eighteenth century garden and a visit to Chiswick House; Gardening and Photographic images, among others.
A 5,000 word essay to assess the student’s writing ability and application of research skills.
Assessed presentation at Gardens and Landscapes seminar.
Module 2: Culture and Politics of Gardens (60 credits)
This module consists of seven options of which students must complete three units. These sessions aim to: • develop students’ knowledge and understanding of gardens and landscapes in different countries; develop students’ critical analysis and judgement; demonstrate the importance of context and the relationship of garden and landscape history to other disciplines such as literature, social history, film and visual media and the history of ideas.
Sessions include: French gardens of the seventeenth century; Travel and the English Garden 1600-1700; The evolution of the English garden in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries; The eighteenth-century garden;The Suburban Garden in England between the wars; The American garden; and the twentieth-and twenty-first century gardens among others.
Two 5,000 word assessed essays on two of the three options taken, and an assessed student presentation on the outline of the intended dissertation.
Module 3: Dissertation (60 credits), 15,000 words
Module one will be offered as a stand-alone short Certificate course for a limited number of students, as well as the opening core unit for the MA. Students gaining the Certificate level can bank the credit and use it towards the full MA at a later date within a prescribed timescale.
Mode of Study: 12 months full-time, or 24 months part time (from 2015).
Fees 13-14 (subject to annual uplift in 2014-15): Home and EU students: £5,250 full-time
or £2,625 part-time; overseas students: £12,000
Two compulsory taught modules, plus a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Students are also required to undertake two short (assessed) presentations.
Mode of study:
12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (from 2015 only).
Full-time Home and EU Master’s students: £5,250.
Part-time Home and EU Master’s students: £2,625.
Fulltime Overseas Master’s students: £12,000.
First-class or upper second-class degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Applicants with relevant experience and skill may also be considered.
IELTS (International English LanguageTesting Service) test at level 7 or degree taken in English.
The Institute welcomes applications from international students. If in doubt as to the effect of your status on your application please contact the School registry on 020 7862 8663.
Potential applicants should be aware of the impact of the Government’s Points Based system for Tier 4 (i.e. student) entrants on their application. See UK Border Agency for full details.
Applications are accepted throughout the year but must have been received and processed by 31 August.