BA (Hons) Environment, Politics and Philosophy – Bath Spa University

Environment, Politics and Philosophy

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Environment, Politics and Philosophy
Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: NPP1 or NPP2
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Explore environmental challenges from fresh perspectives with our interdisciplinary Environment, Politics and Philosophy degree.

  • Situate environmental issues in their social, cultural and historical contexts, at local, regional and global levels.
  • Apply political and philosophical thinking to environmental action, from the personal to the institutional.
  • Be a change-maker: develop strategies to make connections between individual awareness and collective action.

Our innovative Environment, Politics and Philosophy course is specially designed to enable you to apply a broad understanding of political and philosophical ideas to current environmental challenges.

By exploring fundamental questions about how we live and work in the present, our course will develop your skills in critical thinking, project design and implementation, advocacy, activism and communication.

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What you'll learn


We know that we’re facing acute environmental challenges, and if we want to address them, we need to change the ways that we think and behave now.

We also know that environmental science, on its own, is only part of the answer – that solutions also lie in understanding how we think, how we respond emotionally to the world around us, and how we see ourselves within it.

Drawing on a wide range of subjects and disciplines in the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences, our Environment, Politics and Philosophy degree places the environment at the heart of what you'll study, as well as forming the basis for the practical projects you might undertake.

Course structure

Year one
Introductions and foundations: ask questions, challenge your own assumptions, interrogate evidence, data and opinions. You’ll develop your understanding of the connections between different ways of thinking about environmental issues, by following a broad curriculum.

Year two
Practical, applied, relevant: this year is where you will deepen your understanding of philosophical approaches to ecology and the politics of social change. You’ll gain professional skills as you apply your knowledge and understanding to a defined problem or issue.

Year three
Achievement, consolidation, creativity: your final project in the third year brings all this together. You’ll identify your own area of study, develop your proposal and put it into practice. This might be an extended piece of academic writing, a pitch to a local employer, a community project or the creation of digital resources.

How will I be assessed?

We’ll assess your progress through a variety of coursework tasks including:

  • Projects
  • Portfolios
  • Discussion papers
  • Reflective writing.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a mix of seminars, workshops and lectures. You'll learn in small groups, with as many opportunities to work outside the seminar room as possible.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Global Development
  • Sustainability in Life and Work
  • Truth and Reality
  • Protest and Persuasion
  • Worlds of Ideas
  • Thinking Together: Humanities in the 21st century

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Ecology and Nature
  • The Art of the Possible: Political Analysis and Policy Making
  • Reading Philosophy
  • Climate and Society
  • Working Together
  • Ethics in the Contemporary World
  • Political Ideologies: Thinking in Action
  • Digital Humanities
  • The Wild Muse: Explorations of Nature
  • The Art of Persuasion: Advocacy for Change
  • Political Institutions and Social Change

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Environment, Politics and Philosophy Project
  • People, the Past and the Environment
  • Plants and People
  • Writing and the Environmental Crisis
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Conservation in Africa
  • Issues in World Politics
  • Life and Meaning
  • The City in Global Contexts
  • Environmental Politics
  • Culture, Risk and Environmental Justice


Work placements, industry links and internships

We'll encourage you to work outside of the seminar room as much as possible, through fieldwork, projects with our industry partners, placements and internships.


We'll work with you to develop your professional skills and to identify ways of applying them externally – to roles that are current in an ever-changing work landscape.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based at our Newton Park campus, which combines outstanding modern facilities with a beautiful setting.


The Library provides many core resources, both in print and online. We draw on a wide range of resources, and encourage the use – and creation – of different materials.

You'll have access to other excellent facilities including:


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students with a questioning approach to world problems and their potential solutions.

You'll need energy and determination – never settling for the conventional response or clichéd thinking.

We want applicants who want to challenge us and themselves to think differently and do better. 

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

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

Course leader: Dr Richard Stamp

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