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Key facts

Award
MA Environmental Humanities
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full-time, two years part-time

Entry requirements

The course is potentially suitable for graduates of any discipline. Exceptional candidates without a degree but with relevant professional or creative practice experience are also welcome to apply.

Bringing 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 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.

What you'll learn

Overview

Core modules, taught by world-leading specialists, 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.

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 a 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.

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 small-group intensive workshops and seminars, 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

Opportunities

UK/EU Postgraduate Loans

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

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught across two of our beautiful campuses: Newton Park and Corsham Court.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £6,800
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

The course is potentially suitable for graduates of any discipline. Exceptional candidates without a degree but with relevant professional or creative practice experience are also welcome to apply.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact the admissions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course director: Kate Rigby, k.rigby@bathspa.ac.uk

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