MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment

Bath Spa University

MALiterature, Landscape and Environment

Examine how literature reflects and shapes the way we see the landscape and the environment.

Staff are internationally recognised for their research in this field.

Opportunities for fieldwork with heritage organisations, resources or archives.

Literary works cover a broad historical range and a wide range of landscapes.

We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry. Located in a World Heritage site, you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country.

The MA is founded upon our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; early modern London; postmodern American cities; and literary journeys in modernist/ postmodernist literature.


You’ll address questions that are increasingly important to modern English literary studies: How does literature reflect humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? What makes ‘the country’, ‘the wilderness’ or ‘the city’ what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements?

You’ll study issues and approaches regarding representations of various kinds of landscapes. We present you with:

  • a wide variety of topics;
  • a balance between literature pre- and post-1900;
  • a range of methodologies and approaches.

Alongside the course’s focus on literature, you’ll engage with real landscapes and environments, such as an 18th-century country estate; London; the Eden Project; Quantock Hills; and Hardy country.

Course structure

The programme – which is available full-time or part-time – consists of the following modules: one 30 credit research methods module; three 30 credit core modules; one 60 credit dissertation/project module.

Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination

Enables you to make the transition from undergraduate work to researching and writing English studies at postgraduate level. This module will be an introduction to postgraduate- level research strategies alongside the focused study of literary texts.

The Country and the City in History

Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘The Politics of Place in Early Modern Literature’, ‘The City and the Country Estate’, ‘Contested Sites in City and Country, 1780–1830’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Industry and Poetry in the 18th century’ or ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London.’

Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism

Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘Culture and Climate Change’, ‘Pollution’, ‘Deep Time and Modernity’, ‘Ecologies of Place’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Literature and Ecology’ or ‘Place and Planet.’

Chorographies: case studies in region or place

Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘Early Modern London’, Built by Water: Lisbon, Istanbul, New York’, ‘’Writing the West Country’, and ‘Writing Scotland’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘ ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London’, or ‘Modernism and London.’


You can opt for either a traditional written Dissertation or the Project. The Project offers you the opportunity to create a different output, and it can take the form of an applied research project (for example, an exhibition for a literary heritage organisation; a digital resource). This module will also include the opportunity to further pursue links with external organisations and some refresher workshops on research skills.

Teaching on taught modules will primarily be through seminars. Alternatives to seminars may be offered depending upon the nature of the thematic strand. These could include skills workshops, field trips, directed research, and independent research associated with the Dissertation or Project.



This MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment was designed with a number of career pathways in mind.

  • English postgraduate destinations
    Higher Research degree programmes; public and private sector research careers; book and publishing industries.
  • Environmental sector and ‘Green’ careers
    Advocacy; communications; charities; education; internships; ecotourism; urban planning.
  • Heritage and tourism sector
    Charities and trusts; visitor centres; private estates; local government; planning; management; communications.

Creative industries: Radio; TV; cable and satellite broadcasters; book publishing; web media; news and magazine media.


We draw upon Bath Spa University’s location at the centre of a region whose writers have been intimately engaged with their environment: Coleridge (Nether Stowey and the Quantock Hills), Hardy (Dorchester), and Austen (Bath). The region is also associated with the writers Richard Jeffries, John Cooper Powys and Sylvia Townsend Warner. In addition, the area has some of the finest examples of the English country estate in the UK, for example, Stourhead, Prior Park, Dryham Park and Bowood House.


We expect all applicants to have a good honours degree (2:1 or above), in an area of literary studies or a related humanities subject.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,800 / part-time: £3,400
  • International students full-time: £12,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
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- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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