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Bath Spa University: Nature and Travel Writing

Institution Bath Spa University View institution profile
Department School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Telephone 01225 876180
Study type Taught


For any writer inspired by places, people and wildlife, who wants to be published. - Based on actual experiences in the field, including encounters with places, people and wildlife.

  • Provides context of the history, background and genres of nature and travel writing over time.

  • Focuses on getting your writing published across a wide range of media and outlets.

Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and make a living as a travel or nature writer?

This travel writing and nature writing Master's focuses on learning to write from your own experience in the field. You’ll develop your writing skills and techniques, learn from established writers, and examine the history, context and genres of nature and travel writing.

By meeting practitioners – writers, editors, agents and publishers – you’ll gain a unique insight into the professional skills you require to get your writing published.

How you'll be taught This low residency course allows you to be based wherever you wish, so you can pursue your academic work while maintaining your current lifestyle. It is taken part-time over two years.

This course is taught remotely, with students attending online from wherever they live in the UK or overseas. Most classes are held in the early evenings, to allow for students’ other commitments such as work and family.

At the start of Year 1 we bring everyone together for an intensive residential event over 5 days in Bath, which gives you a chance to get to know your peers and tutors, and to experience some guided writing in the field. Please note that you'll have to contribute towards your costs for this event, which the University also contributes towards.

At the start of Year 2 we repeat this event over a weekend, with an option to attend online if you prefer.

Teaching is mainly through seminars and lectures, including a wide range of guest speakers. There are also one-to-one sessions with your tutors.


Bath Spa University

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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