Political Ecology

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Why study Political Ecology at UWTSD?

  • BA Political Ecology explores the relationship between ecology and political, social and economic considerations.
  • Examines pressing environmental issues from a holistic perspective by studying them within a broader political, social and economic framework.
  • As a political ecology student you can endeavour to develop solutions to current environmental problems. 
  • We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.
  • You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning-activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities. 

Fancy studying another subject alongside political ecology?  

Interested in philosophy, history, anthropology, English literature, creative writing, ancient civilisations, or classics?

The political ecology degree gives you the opportunity to diversify your studies by studying other areas. For example, you could combine your course with any of the above subjects or with any of our other humanities subjects. 

You can view our full list of Humanities subjects here.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 114D
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years, full-time

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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This degree programme is the foundation for anyone who is interested in understanding the environments around them and the ways in which the world and communities can sustain themselves for future generations. 

The BA Political Ecology is a unique and topical degree programme that is extremely relevant in 21st century. Globalisation, population growth and climate change are all concerns that impact upon societies and we need knowledgable, well-informed individuals to address these issues that are facing us and future generations.

Students on this degree scheme will consider these environmental issues and ways in which they can be resolved. By graduation, students will have a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues in relation to politics, society, culture, and economics, and will have the confidence and skill set to move into the working world and put into practice their theories.

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.

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.

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of Politica Ecology generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues. Some of the areas of study include, for example:

  • Approaches to power
  • Economics
  • Environmental ethics
  • Freedom and justice
  • Population growth
  • Sustainability

Options to study abroad may also be available.

A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside the above modules. You could take modules in, for example, history, English literature, or classics.

  • BA Political Ecology is a unique course that perfectly suits the Lampeter campus and its rural location.
  • UWTSD is renowned for its strong community ethos and commitment to sustainability.
  • Students on BA Political Ecology will be learning from experts on environmentalism, ethics, and ecology.
  • Students can also take advantage of the small class sizes which are extremely helpful for collaborative and stimulating discussion and debate between staff and students.
  • 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 couse 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.

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700

BA Political Ecology 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 (t.nash@uwtsd.ac.uk) 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