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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Architecture, Building & Planning

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU(2018 entry): £6,995 NON-EU: £12,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

The MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment is for students interested in further study or a career in the rapidly expanding green industry. Bath is a World Heritage site, and you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country.

You’ll address questions that have become very important to contemporary English literary studies: How does literature debate humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? How do the conventions of representing various landscapes change over time? What makes ‘the country’ or ‘the wild’ what it is? How does literature represent environmental destruction?


The programme consists of one 30-credit research methods module; three 30-credit core modules (‘The Country and the City in History’, ‘Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism’, ‘Chorographies: Case Studies in Region or Place’); and one 60-credit Dissertation/Project module.

Research: methods, resources and dissemination is designed to enable you to make the transition from undergraduate work to researching and writing English studies at postgraduate level.

We offer a wide and varied curriculum. Topics in ‘The Country and the City in History’, which covers literature from c.1500 to 1830, include ‘The Politics of Place in Early Modern Literature’; ‘The Country Estate from Marvell to Austen’; ‘Pastoral and Georgic’; and ‘Edgelands to Arcadia’.

Environmental Writing, and Ecocriticism looks at writing and theories consciously addressing environmental concerns, such as: ‘Pollution’; ‘Global and local environments’; ‘Culture and Climate Change’; and ‘”Global Weirding” in the Anthropocene’.

‘Chorographies: Case Studies of Religion or Place’ focuses on the representation of specific places across periods. Topics include ‘Writing the West Country’; ‘Built by Water: A Tale of Three Cities; and ‘Victorian Ecologies of Place’.

The Dissertation/Project offers you the opportunity to opt for either a traditional written Dissertation or the Project.

Completed projects that students have undertaken include an exhibition on the lost rivers of London; a multi-media project based around eco-communities [Common Ground project]; and a resource for teaching Ecocriticism.

Please note modules are subject to change.

For more information on modules, please go to our website.


Teaching on taught modules will primarily be through seminars. Alternatives to seminars may be offered depending upon the nature of the thematic strand. These could include: skills workshops, field trips, directed research, and independent research associated with the Dissertation or Project.


Assessment will be via essays, proposals, and a final Dissertation or Project.

For more information on assessment please view our course handbook via the Course Webpage.


This course was designed with a number of career pathways in mind. These include traditional English postgraduate destinations (e.g. Higher Research degree programmes, public and private sector research); the environmental sector and ‘Green’ careers (e.g. advocacy, communications, charities, education, internships, ecotourism, urban planning); Heritage and tourism sector (charities and trusts; local government, planning, management, communications); and Creative industries (radio, TV, cable and satellite broadcasters, book publishing, web media, news and magazine media).

Visit the MA Literature, Landscape and Environment page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!






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