BA Political Ecology with Humanitarianism and Law

The BA Political Ecology with Humanitarianism and Law is a unique and innovative Single Honours degree programme that examines pressing global environmental issues in relation to a broader political, social and economic framework. To complement the Political Ecology aspect of the degree, Humanitarianism and Law modules will give students the opportunity to consider the effects of environmental changes on communities around the world. Besides this, students will also gain an understanding of human rights law and ethics in relation to refugees, migrants, trafficking and terrorism.

This interdisciplinary degree is extremely relevant and timely and encourages students to consider and seek resolutions to the problems that societies face in the twenty-first century. This degree is ideal for those who have an interest in law, ethics, and the environment, and are interested in making a difference to the world on a local and international level. Upon graduation, students will possess the appropriate knowledge and skill set to enter into environmental, political, or legal sectors, as well as many other careers.  

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 846P
Course Length:
3 years, full-time
Start Date: September

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
Contact Email:

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The BA Political Ecology with Humanitarianism and Law is a unique and topical degree programme that will explore the complex issues behind globalisation, population growth and climate change.

UWTSD understands that there is a need for well-informed, knowledgable graduates to consider and address these issues that are facing us and future generations. BA Political Ecology with Humanitarianism and Law is an excellent foundation for students who want to seek answers to these environmental issues and have an interest in understanding the envinroments around them and the ways in which the world and communities can sustain themselves for future generations. 

Students will explore environmental issues within political, societal, and economical contexts, giving students a comprehensive understanding of the complexities behind environmental changes and concerns. Thanks to the expertise of UWTSD staff and the wide-ranging degree programme, students will have the confidence and skill set to move into the working world.

Students will draw from the expertise within the well-established philosophy & ethics and anthropology departments, as well as the staff whose research lies in environmental and ecological developments and challenges.

The Humanitarianism and Law aspect of the degree will give students a strong foundation in the legalities and laws of key issues. There is a specific focus on International and Human Rights Law and Ethics, with consideration of the challenges posed by environmental change, poverty, natural disaster as well as conflict and war; the role of information networks and organisations such as the United Nations; and the management of refugees, migrants, trafficking and terrorism are also considered.

To find out more about the course and the Lampeter campus, we have Open Days and Visit Days throughout the year. There is the opportunity to meet the staff, explore the campus, and get further insight into the degree programme. Click here for a list of the dates and to book.

  • Humanitarianism and Law, Human Rights and International Development Law
  • Environmental Protection and Economic Bargaining: working towards International Sustainable Development Law
  • Practical Skills for Humanitarianism and Development: Health, Media and Ethics 
  • Ecology and Economics
  • Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
  • Population Growth, Urbanisation and Sustainability
  • The Ecological Self
  • Freedom, Equality and Justice
  • Small class sizes which are conducive to discussion with both staff and students alike
  • UWTSD is renowned for its strong community ethos and commitment to sustainability.
  • The degree's emphasis is on ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to embark upon a career in politics/environmental/economics sector.
  • Expert lecturers who have ample experience and research into areas of environmentalism, ethics, and law.
  • A degree programme that draws together pertinent subjects to develop and expand students' knowledge of global issues and how to solve them.
  • Staff are extremely approachable and are available to talk through any queries.

Assessments will vary from module to module to ensure that students are able to improve, develop, and practise a broad range of skills. Students may be assessed through essays, group projects, presentations, portfolios, reviews or exams.

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.

Students who graduate with BA Political Ecology will have an extensive range of skills that is beneficial in many careers. For example, students will have a better understanding of political, social and economic structures; their function, their impact, and ultimately the ways in which people can make a difference to their environment, on a local and global level.

The unique nature of the course will also help our graduates distinguish themselves in the career marketplace, in whichever career they choose.

Typical career paths graduates will consider are within the political, environmental or economic sector.

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

BA Political Ecology with Humanitarianism and Law is now open to recruitment for the academic year 2017-18, subject to validation. As students submit their applications for their course so they will be contacted by our admissions team and invited to a student experience weekend or sent any additional information as requested.

Applicants will also be contacted by the Programme Director ( with updates of any new books and articles of interest, relevant news from across the world, updates on staff activities and research, new appointments, useful web and social media sites and any other developments relating to the programme.  

If there are any changes to the form or style of the programme, as a result perhaps of validation, applicants will be informed as quickly as possible. Similarly should a particular programme not recruit to number, applicants will be contacted in a timely fashion (the end of January) to ensure they can apply for a similar course within the set UCAS timeframe.

* To be validated