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Political Ecology

This degree programme is the foundation for anyone who is interested in understanding the environment(s) around them and the ways in which the world and communities can sustain themselves for future generations. 



BA Political Ecology
UCAS Code: 114D
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  1. BA Political Ecology explores the relationship between ecology and political, social and economic considerations.
  2. Examines pressing environmental issues from a holistic perspective by studying them within a broader political, social and economic framework.
  3. As a political ecology student you can endeavour to develop solutions to current environmental problems. 
  4. We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.
  5. 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. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Additional Costs

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 field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these 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.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Bursary / Scholarship Information