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Nature and Travel Writing MA

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Full time | Bath Spa University | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Travel Writing Creative Writing

Course type


Course Summary

For any writer inspired by places, people and wildlife, who wants to be published.

  • counters with places, people and wildlife.
  • Provides context of the history, background and genres of nature and travel writing over time.
  • Focuses on getting your writing published across a wide range of media and outlets.

Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and make a living as a travel or nature writer?

This travel writing and nature writing Master's focuses on learning to write from your own experience in the field. You’ll develop your writing skills and techniques, learn from established writers, and examine the history, context and genres of nature and travel writing.

By meeting practitioners – writers, editors, agents and publishers – you’ll gain a unique insight into the professional skills you require to get your writing published.

This low residency course allows you to be based wherever you wish, so you can pursue your academic work while maintaining your current lifestyle. It can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two.


We aim to give you an understanding of issues and approaches to the representations of peoples, other species, habitats, places, cultures and environments in various kinds of writing. You’ll graduate with the ability to apply what you’ve learned to your own professional practice.


Writing in the Field (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced Travel and Nature Writing (30 Credits) - Core
Professional Skills in Travel and Nature Writing (30 Credits) - Core
Portfolio and Reflective Journal. (30 Credits) - Core
Context, History and Genres in Creative Non-Fiction (30 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

We’re looking for individuals with: A real passion for either the natural world and/or places and people; A love of travel and/or nature writing; Above all, an urge to write and be published. Ideally you should have a first degree (for example, BA/BSc), but this is not compulsory, depending on your other experience.