Garden and Landscape History

School of Advanced Study, University of London

12 months
15200 GBP/year
6560 GBP/year
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The MA in Garden and Landscape History introduces students to key historical approaches, sources and methods relevant to the study of gardens and landscapes throughout history. 


They will learn how to acquire knowledge from a range of sources, including history, horticulture, architecture, and garden archaeology, in order to develop an appreciation of the study of garden history as a cultural discipline. Students will be able to appreciate differences in garden-making over time and in different countries, from the medieval period to the present day in Britain, Europe and America. 

Module descriptions can be seen below. 

The MA degree is comprised of Module 1, Module 2 and the Dissertation. 

Module 1 can be taken as a standalone module to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Garden and Landscape History. 

Module 1 and 2 can be taken as standalone modules to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Garden and Landscape History. 

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

  • Degree transcripts/certificates.
    • References.
    • English language requirements.
    • Personal identification.
    • Personal Statement.
    • Academic Writing Sample.
    • Research Proposal.
    • CV.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6560 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

Home/EU: £3,940


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