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MA/PGDip/PGCert Environmental Humanities

MA/PGDip/PGCert Environmental Humanities

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies

Course type


Course Summary


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.

Career Options

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. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


Over the last two decades, growing public awareness of the climate crisis and anxieties about socio-economic inequality have resulted in the production of what might at first glance appear an unprecedented number of depictions of the end of the world. Zombie films, climate disaster fiction, the growth of the survivalist movement and the rise of militant environmentalism and eco-fascism all reflect the anxieties of a culture contending with the prospect of extinction. But while the climate emergency and its cultural responses may be relatively new concerns, the end of the world is a notion that human beings have always wrestled with. This module will introduce students to the different ways writers and thinkers have engaged with environmental disasters over the epochs and imagined how to salvage new modes of existence from their remains.

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Entry requirements

General entry requirements: You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award. Those with a third-class honour’s degree are encouraged to complete an application as we will consider an applicant's wider circumstances in deciding on an application.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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