Explore themes from history, philosophy, religion, literature and creative writing to examine the role of nature in human thought, and our understanding of environmental crises, past and present.
1 year full time
2 or 3 years part time
Number of credits:
Take a work placement with a relevant organisation and use our links with the humanities community to build your own network.
Learn from expert teaching staff with experience in both academia and the third sector.
Learn to fully engage with and address a range of environmental concerns across different sectors, industries and functions.
Course and Module Details
From Greta Thunberg's school strikes and the role of the environment in politics, to the unmissable natural phenomena the planet is currently experiencing, the discipline of environmental humanities has never been more relevant.
This innovative master's programme allows you to approach the natural world through a contemporary - and very human - lens. Using the current climate change crisis as a backdrop, you will draw on themes from history, philosophy, religion, literature and creative writing to explore the role of nature in human thought and understand the extent of environmental crises, past and present.
You will benefit from studying in our community of researcher-practitioners, which includes those who also work in third sector organisations. We also partner with organisations and groups involved in conservation, politics and campaigning and education, allowing you to develop your knowledge and become a professional able to harness the potential of the humanities more broadly for the transformation of public experience.
This programme will rigorously prepare you for a career in which you will be able to fully engage with environmental concerns across sectors, industries and functions. You will learn the history and theory of environmental humanities, undertake a placement and receive training in research skills.
Two introductory modules will provide you with a historical and theoretical background and consider responses to environmental crises from across the humanities. With the optional modules, you will pursue more specialist perspectives on plants, animals, nature in mythology and religion, youth and popular culture, and radical activism. Your special interests will be nurtured throughout the course, through engagement in your seminars, your options and choice of placement and finally your choice of dissertation project where you will turn an original idea or question into a significant engagement with an environmental theme.
The selection of modules below is indicative and may be subject to change.
Eco-narratives: Ideas and Imagination
Eco-narratives: Apocalypse and Aftermath
Sample Optional Modules
Working Insights (Placement module)
Plants and People (partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew)
Nature in Mythology, Religion and Spirituality
Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics
Popular Ecologies: Literature, Philosophy, and Environment
Ecology, Environment and Youth Culture
Teaching will be delivered in both daytime and evening sessions, and will include occasional field visits.
The programme's aim is to produce professionals able to harness the potential of the humanities more broadly for the transformation of public experience, understanding of and commitment to the natural world. Our graduates will therefore be well placed for careers in local or national government, environmental communications, campaigning organisations and environmental charities, education, creative arts and the media, and the recreational, therapeutic and wellbeing sectors.
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