MA in Environmental Humanities


Program Description

Bring humanities and sciences together to build creative responses to environmental challenges.

This is an innovative interdisciplinary MA led by world-class environmental humanities scholars.

We bring arts, humanities, and social science into critical conversation with ecology and conservation.

You’ll develop key skills for an environmental scholarship, creativity, communication, and activism.

This MA is taught by the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities.

On this pioneering course, you’ll acquire new research skills, as well as a more holistic understanding of environmental issues. You’ll address specific issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss, alongside broader ideas about human relationships with place, technology, and the more-than-human world, drawing insights from across a wide range of disciplines and cultures.


Core modules, taught by world-leading specialists, offer intensive introductions to new disciplinary perspectives, through a critical focus on key concepts such as "the Anthropocene": the idea that Earth has now entered a new geological era, indelibly shaped by human activities.

A wide choice of optional modules enables you to learn new approaches while also consolidating existing expertise in subjects such as geography, literary studies, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, environmental studies, or conservation. This is a transformative course which is very much yours to mould to your own needs, incorporating multi-disciplinary research methods training that will enable you to proceed to doctoral studies in either humanities or social sciences, should you wish to do so. In addition, there are electives in creative fields, such as film-making and creative writing, and your final project may be either an assessed creative project or a written dissertation.

In addition, your studies will be enriched by a series of guest lectures, hosted by Bath Spa’s new Research Centre for Environmental Humanities, including presentations by professionals from relevant industries, such as environmental arts, media, writing, and conservation, as well as by academic researchers in the Environmental Humanities.

Your MA in Environmental Humanities will provide a solid basis from which to contribute to the "green" society and economy of the 21st century. It is also the perfect preparation for doctoral research in this burgeoning field, at Bath Spa University or elsewhere.

Course structure

Environmental Humanities core module

This module, led by a team of world-class Professors, introduces the Environmental Humanities by studying key concepts and issues through the differing lenses of literary studies, cultural geography, anthropology, and environmental philosophy.

Optional modules may be drawn from the following fields:

  • Literary Studies
  • Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • Religious Studies
  • Cultural Geography
  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Social Science
  • Biology and Conservation
  • Ecocriticism
  • Musicology
  • Heritage Studies
  • Filmmaking

Please note that not all modules will run every year, and that admission to some may require you to show evidence of existing relevant skills.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules.

  • Environmental Humanities: Issues and Approaches
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods for the Environmental Humanities
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Environmental Humanities: Dissertation
  • Environmental Humanities: Creative Project
  • Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
  • The Country and the City in History
  • Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism
  • Choreographies: Case Studies in Region or Place
  • Writing and the Environment
  • The Writer and Place
  • Introduction to Travel and Nature Writing
  • Context, History and Genres in Creative Non-Fiction
  • Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Intercultural Musicology
  • Film Lab
  • Managing Sustainability
  • Developing Heritage Thinking (Part One)
  • Developing Heritage Thinking (Part Two).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is primarily based on written assignments, but can also include assessed creative practice where appropriate.

How will I be taught?

Teaching methods vary with the modules chosen, but will primarily take the form of intensive workshops and seminars in small groups, supplemented by lectures and other activities as appropriate. If you choose creative writing or practice modules you will be intensively mentored by established practitioners.

Core teaching staff include:

  • Professor Kate Rigby (Course Director)
  • Professor Owain Jones
  • Professor Sian Sullivan
  • Dr Richard Kerridge
  • Dr Mike Hannis
  • Dr Paul Reid-Bowen
  • Dr Richard Johnson
  • Dr Esther Edwards
  • Dr Ian Todd.


UK/EU Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate studies are a significant investment. Bath Spa University has a wide range of funding possibilities to explore for UK/EU students.

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU students full time - 2019/20 entry £7,195
  • UK/EU students part time - 2019/20 entry £3,600
  • International students full time - 2019/20 entry £13,300
Last updated May 2019

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