Garden and Landscape History

School of Advanced Study, University of London

M.A. On Campus
12 months
15500 GBP/year
6690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The School of Advanced Study, University of London's MA in Garden and Landscape History is a unique programme that brings together history, horticulture, architecture, and archaeology to develop students’ appreciation of garden history as a cultural discipline.


Key Features 

  • The Garden and Landscape History programme at School of Advanced Study, University of London emphasises design and management, ownership, and the cultural contexts of gardens and landscapes. 
  • You will be introduced to key historical approaches, sources, and methods relevant to the study of gardens and landscapes throughout history. You will learn a range of research and writing skills and be taught by expert tutors from, or associated with, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), where there is a strong emphasis on tutor-student interaction in class.

Programme Structure

Module 1 (autumn term): Theory and Practice in Garden and Landscape History (60 credits):

  • Resources for garden restoration (Hampton Court) 
  • Conservation theory and practice
  • Italian Renaissance philosophy and garden design 
  • Sustainability and contemporary garden and planting design
  • Politics and gardens
  • Picturesque theory
  • Visits to RHS Wisley, the National Archives, RHS Lindley Library and the Garden Museum Archives
Module 2 (spring term): Culture and Politics of Gardens (60 credits)
  • 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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in any discipline in the humanities that is related to the course. 
  • Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered.
  • English is the language of instruction and applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6690 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Garden and Landscape History
School of Advanced Study, University of London


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