MA Environmental Humanities – Bath Spa University

Key facts

MA Environmental Humanities
School of Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park and Corsham Court
Course length
One year full time or 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.

Bring 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.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

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


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.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Environmental Humanities: Issues and Approaches
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods for the Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Humanities: Dissertation
  • Environmental Humanities: Creative Project
  • Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Managing Sustainability
  • Perspectives of Outdoor Play
  • Emergencies: Literature in a Time of Crisis
  • Writing and the Environment
  • The Writer and Place
  • Writing in the Field
  • Context, History and Genres in Creative NonFiction
  • Advanced Nature and Travel Writing
  • Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Developing Heritage Thinking (part 1)
  • Developing Heritage Thinking (part 2)

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 intensive workshops and seminars in small groups, 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:


UK/EU Postgraduate Loans

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

Funding for International students

Details of funding opportunities for international students can be found on our postgraduate finance page. 

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

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


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £7,585
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

UK students part time

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

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,793
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £14,045
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

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? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Course director: Kate Rigby

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