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Key facts

MA Literature, Landscape and Environment
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Corsham Court
Course length
One year full time. Part time available.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Examine how literature reflects and shapes the way we see the landscape and the environment.

  • Staff are internationally recognised for their research in this field.
  • Opportunities for fieldwork with heritage organisations, resources or archives.
  • Literary works cover a broad historical range and a wide range of landscapes.

We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry.

Located in a World Heritage site, this MA is founded on our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism, contemporary environmental writing, early modern London, postmodern American cities and literary journeys in modernist/postmodernist literature.

You’ll study in a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country.

"I liked the size of the course; it was small enough to know everyone and be on good terms with the professors, plus Corsham Court campus is a beautiful place to study!"

Rachel Gilman, MA Literature, Landscape and Environment

What you'll learn


You’ll address questions that are increasingly important to modern English literary studies: How does literature reflect humanity’s relationship with "Nature"? What makes "the country", "the wilderness" or "the city" what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements?

You’ll study issues and approaches regarding representations of various kinds of landscapes. We present you with a:

  • Wide variety of topics
  • Balance between literature pre- and post-1900
  • Range of methodologies and approaches.

Alongside the course’s focus on literature, you’ll engage with real landscapes and environments, such as an 18th century country estate, London, the Eden Project, the Quantock Hills and Hardy country.

Course structure

Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination
Enables you to make the transition from undergraduate work to researching and writing English studies at postgraduate level. This module will be an introduction to postgraduate- level research strategies alongside the focused study of literary texts.

The Country and the City in History
Examples of strands that we have run before include: "The Politics of Place in Early Modern Literature", "The City and the Country Estate", "Contested Sites in City and Country, 1780-1830". Future offerings might include strands such as "Industry and Poetry in the 18th Century" or "Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London".

Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism
Examples of strands that we have run before include: "Culture and Climate Change", "Pollution", "Deep Time and Modernity", "Ecologies of Place". Future offerings might include strands such as "Literature and Ecology" or "Place and Planet".

Chorographies: Case Studies in Region or Place
Examples of strands that we have run before include: "Early Modern London", "Built by Water: Lisbon, Istanbul, New York", "Writing the West Country", and "Writing Scotland". Future offerings might include strands such as "Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London", or "Modernism and London".

You can opt for either a traditional written Dissertation or the Project. The Project offers you the opportunity to create a different output, and it can take the form of an applied research project (for example, an exhibition for a literary heritage organisation; a digital resource). This module will also include the opportunity to further pursue links with external organisations and some refresher workshops on research 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.

  • Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination
  • The Country and the City in History
  • Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism
  • Chorographies: Case Studies in Region or Place
  • Dissertation/Project.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via essays, proposals, and a final Dissertation or Project.

How will I be taught?

Teaching on taught modules will primarily be through seminars. Alternatives to seminars may be offered, depending on the nature of the thematic strand. These could include skills workshops, field trips, directed research, and independent research associated with the Dissertation or Project.



This MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment was designed with a number of career pathways in mind:

  • Postgraduate destinations
    Higher Research degree programmes, public and private sector research careers, book and publishing industries.
  • Environmental sector and "Green" careers
    Advocacy, communications, charities, education, internships, ecotourism, urban planning.
  • Heritage and tourism sector
    Charities and trusts, visitor centres, private estates, local government, planning, management, communications.
  • Creative industries
    Radio, TV, cable and satellite broadcasters, book publishing, web media, news and magazine media.


We draw upon Bath Spa University’s location at the centre of a region whose writers have been intimately engaged with their environment: Coleridge (Nether Stowey and the Quantock Hills), Hardy (Dorchester), and Austen (Bath).

The region is also associated with the writers Richard Jeffries, John Cooper Powys and Sylvia Townsend Warner. In addition, the area has some of the finest examples of the English country estate in the UK, e.g. Stourhead, Prior Park, Dryham Park and Bowood

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught


Students on the MA have access to high-quality electronic resources as well as to specialist book collections. The course offers links with archives and libraries both locally and nationally such as the British Library, the London Metropolitan Archives’ and the Thomas Hardy Archives.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £6,995
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We expect all applicants to have a good honours degree in an area of literary studies or a related humanities subject.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

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Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi
Email: k.hadjiafxendi@bathspa.ac.uk

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