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University of Plymouth: Environmental Humanities

Institution University of Plymouth View institution profile
Department School of Society and Culture
Telephone +44 (0) 1752 585858
Study type Taught


What can the arts, humanities and social sciences do to cultivate deeper understandings of relationships between society, culture and the environment?

The MA in Environmental Humanities brings multiple disciplinary perspectives into dialogue with the ecological sciences, conservation and environmental thought. Drawing on wide-ranging and world-leading staff expertise, this interdisciplinary MA will enable you to build key skills in communication, research and critical and creative thinking invaluable for building more environmentally responsible societies of the future.

Careers The challenges of building a greener society have risen to the top of political, social and cultural agendas. This MA programme will enable students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills crucial to this growth area. The MA in Environmental Humanities opens up a wide range career opportunities for graduates in areas such as - social-environmental research and education

  • ‘green’ cultural and creative industries such as film, TV, art and creative writing and other media

  • environmental journalism and communication

  • eco-tourism

  • private companies with a sustainability agenda

  • conservation and environmental non-governmental organisations

  • local, national and international governmental agencies concerned with conservation, climate change, and sustainable development

To help you build your experience and skills portfolio, the MA also has the capacity to facilitate work-based projects and internships with partner organisations.

Course Details In your first semester you take our core module which hones your skills in postgraduate research and familiarizes you with key debates in the Environmental Humanities. You will also choose a further module from our exciting range of optional modules which range across numerous disciplines. In your second semester, you’ll take two further optional modules. Over the summer period you research and write your dissertation on a subject of your choice, with one-to-one supervision and support. This is a chance to work independently on a sustained project that interests and excites you.

Optional Modules: Full information about optional modules can be found on the course website. They are drawn from the following fields: - Literary and Cultural Studies

  • History

  • Anthropology

  • Education

  • Environmental Social Science

  • Communication Studies

  • Environmental Law

The optional modules on offer will change slightly each year.

Master of Arts - MA (PG)

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At the University of Plymouth, we are proud to be a top 3 modern UK university (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2023) and are internationally renowned for high-quality research and teaching. We have also recently been awarded gold ratings across the board in the latest round of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023). At the University of Plymouth, you will be studying alongside a community of people who believe deeply in the power of education to create positive change in society.

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