Landscape History (MA)
The English landscape has been described as ‘the richest historical record we possess’ and this MA programme focuses both on the skills of ‘reading the landscape’ and also the practical and theoretical issues involved in the study of the historic countryside. The importance of landscape history is not something that is confined to the academic seminar room, however, as an understanding of the historic environment has relevance to the heritage industry, conservation agencies, local government and archaeological management.
Landscape History at UEA is deliberately eclectic in its approach: it is not constrained by period or geographical boundaries. The teaching material therefore ranges from early prehistory to the Cold War, from henges and hillforts to historic gardens and wartime pillboxes. An emphasis is also placed on long term trends over time and the way in which the landscape has had an enduring legacy in the structuring of attitudes and beliefs of local and regional communities. The MA programme offers an intensive and practical preparation for those people who wish to undertake further post-graduate study in landscape history, but also for those who wish to enter a profession for which knowledge of the historic environment is desirable.
The School of History at UEA ranks in the top 10 departments in the UK, according to the 2014 Guardian University Guide. We offer our students a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, taught by one of the largest groups of historians in the country. 90 per cent of our research has been classified as being of international importance or better (RAE 2008).