The Study

To be able to devote time to the academic study of country houses is a real pleasure so, if you have the opportunity, below are a list of the courses I’m aware of which would allow you to do so.

If you know of, or teach, any others (taught by a recognised academic institution – primarily in the UK, but also abroad), please do let me know and I’ll add them to the list. 

Courses in the United Kingdom


University of Buckingham
– ‘English Country House by Research


University of Buckingham
– ‘English Country House 1485-1945‘ (assessed / non-assessed) – evening classes, based in London
– ‘Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors

University of Cambridge
– ‘Historic Environment‘ – MSt

University of Leicester – Centre for the Study of the Country House
– ‘The Country House in Art, History and Literature‘ – campus-based
– ‘The Country House‘ – distance learning

University of Bristol
(Not yet recruiting – awaiting validation)The English Country House and its Landscapes

MA – module (features as part of non-country house specific course)

University of York
– ‘British Country House

University of East Anglia – Sainsbury Institute for Art
– ‘At Close Quarters: The English Country House and its Collections


University of Buckingham
History of Art and Heritage Management (2-year degree)

University of East Anglia
History with Landscape Archaeology
– Year 3 – ‘Landscape Special Study

University of Leeds
History of Art with Museum Studies
– ‘Museum and Country House Studies 1: The English Country House
– ‘Museum and Country House Studies 2: Introduction to Museum Studies


University of Leicester
The Country House‘ (distance learning)


University of Warwick
– ‘Architecture: the English country house’

University of Leicester
– ‘The Country House‘ (distance learning)

University of Hull
– ‘Certificate in Country House Studies’

Other qualifications/non-accredited/short courses

Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections
– Summer School

University of Exeter
– ‘The English Country House: History, Architecture and Landscape‘ (Summer 2017)

University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education
– ‘Upstairs, Downstairs in the English Country House‘ (July 2017)

Courses outside the UK

University of Groningen, Netherlands – MA – ‘Historic Country Houses and Landed Estates

7 Responses to The Study

  1. Cambridge offers an MSt in Historic Environment. It is mostly online. Here is what the site says…

    What will I be studying?

    The MSt provides a systematic understanding of:
    •principles and policy governing historic environment protection and planning
    •the management, practicalities, and main issues involved in monument protection
    •the conservation and restoration of historic landscapes
    •academic theory, concept, and current research
    •training in research techniques in the historic environment and their application

    You will also have the opportunity to undertake self-directed original research, under the direction of a University of Cambridge supervisor.

    By the way, I would like to share your information on my site.

  2. Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat says:

    Thanks – I’ve now added it to the list. Please do make others aware of this list as I’d like it to be as comprehensive as possible. To save you having to keep checking for changes, it may be easier for you to just link back to this page (and I’d be grateful for a link to it anyway if you do mention it).

    Thanks again


  3. MA on Jane Austen and the Country House in the West Country or something like that being written as we speak – at Bath Spa University.

    • Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat says:

      Thanks Roberta – I’ll keep an eye out for that one; it’s an interesting angle for study. If you do see any details in the future please do let me know.


  4. Nicola Cousins says:

    Hull university dont do the country house studies course anymore

    • Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat says:

      Thanks Nicola – I’ve struck it out rather than delete it just in case someone was looking for it.

  5. Liz Lowry says:

    Sadly, Leicester are no longer offering their campus based MA.

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