BA Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Studies

This is a programme that offers students a course of study that explores the interface between the Humanities, the Environment and sustainability, in its broadest sense, and will appeal to those Humanities students for whom an awareness of the environment is of critical importance.

Take a Different Approach to Your Studies and Take a Pathway

We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in the following subjects alongside this degree programme:

Politics PathwayEconomics Pathway | Ecology Pathway
Humanitarianism & Law Pathway | International Development Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 8V32
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Archaeology, History and Anthropology
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The programme in Environmental studies is based on the Faculty’s long-standing interest in sustainability and environmental issues. The programme is highly innovative in that it seeks to narrow the once broad divide between science and the Humanities. The programme offer new and original ways for bringing together subject areas around a common theme of environmentalism and sustainability, approaches that draw heavily upon an existing culture of interdisciplinarity within the Faculty.

The interface between the Environment and the Humanities can most obviously be seen in the areas of environmental philosophy, environmental archaeology and environmental anthropology, however the programme also seeks to expand the range of subject areas from across the Humanities and social sciences, by including the modules from English, (with eco-literature), History, Classics and Religious Studies.

The programme is fortunate to be able to build upon areas of existing expertise and collaboration among its staff base, in particular expertise within the Schools of Classics and Cultural Studies, with Philosophy in particular, and across the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology. Moreover the Faculty is fortunate in being able to import into the programmes cognate modules and expertise from the School of the Natural and Built Environment, in FADE, thus developing both a broader and a more inter-disciplinary programme that lies at the cutting edge of this particular academic discipline.

Typical modules include:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Land, Sea and Sky Scapes
  • Interactions with the Environment
  • Representations of the Environment
  • Reading Cultures
  • Materials Worlds
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental policy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Policy, planning and the Green Agenda

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, site reports, newspaper articles, projects analysis, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, and palaeography, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Environmental services
  • Human Resource management
  • Volunteerism and voluntary work
  • Social work
  • Teaching and educational work
  • Journalism and online publication
  • Local government and the environment
  • Historic environment and administration

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

Visiting the University

We hold central undergraduate Open Days throughout the year, the details of which are up on the website. We encourage people to attend these organised events where possible. Open Days include visits to the academic schools, an introduction to the degree courses, the opportunity to talk to academic staff and students, a tour of the campus, including accommodation and other facilities, as well as the chance to ask any questions. If this is not convenient you are welcome to visit on an individual basis. Our visit days are generally on a Wednesday afternoon. To book a place on a visit day, please see the online booking form on the University website.