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Bath Spa University: Environmental Humanities

Institution Bath Spa University View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Telephone 01225 876180
Study type Taught


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 environmental scholarship, creativity, communication, and activism.

This MA is taught within the School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities, in collaboration with 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.

This transformative course is very much yours to mould to your own needs.

Core modules offer intensive introductions to new disciplinary perspectives, through 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. Multi-disciplinary research methods training will equip you to proceed to doctoral study in either humanities or social sciences, should you wish to do so.

Optional modules enable you to learn new approaches while also consolidating existing expertise in subjects such as geography, ecocriticism and literary studies, philosophy, ethics, environmental studies, or conservation. In addition, there are elective modules in creative writing, and your final project may be either a conventional written dissertation or a creative project. Previous examples of the latter have included projects based around poetry, photography and songwriting.

Your studies will be enriched by guest lectures hosted by our Research Centre for Environmental Humanities, including presentations by professionals from fields such as environmental arts, media, writing, and conservation, as well as by academic researchers in the Environmental Humanities.

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


Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push boundaries and ourselves. If that sounds good to you, you’ll fit in well.

Why Bath Spa?

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