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Environment, Culture and Society

Course Description

Core Module

What Will You Study

The MA in Environment, Culture and Society is a unique interdisciplinary programme for those who want to engage critically, practically and creatively with environmental problems at a global or local level. It is the only UK Masters programme to combine leading-edge scientific approaches with social, cultural and political approaches – and this gives its graduates much-needed skills in understanding and addressing urgent environmental issues from multiple angles.

Its research-led teaching draws on the strengths of Lancaster’s world-ranked Sociology Department, Department of Law and the Lancaster Environment Centre. This gives you access to a wide range of social and natural science modules, and allows you to shape your degree to your own particular interests.

As an MA student, you will be affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (CSEC) – a research centre recognised globally for interdisciplinary research that can make a real difference to the way we approach environment-society issues and problems. Many of those teaching on the programme are contributing to research and policy development in areas such as climate change, energy, biodiversity, agro-food networks, urban and rural sustainabilities and environmental governance.

These important links with scientific, policy, industrial and civic communities provide opportunities for research placements and practical engagement. You are also encouraged to take part in the many Departmental and CSEC seminars and workshops taking place throughout the year.

The focus of this degree makes it ideal preparation for careers in the environmental sector with NGOs, international policy institutions and government departments – all of whom are grappling with the interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral issues that the programme addresses. The MA is also excellent training for those wishing to undertake PhD study.

Find out more about the experience of some of our MA graduates, and the activities of the contributing departments: Sociology, Law, and the Lancaster Environment Centre.

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

• Theories and Debates in Environment and Culture
• Methods in Science and Technology Studies
• Independent Research Dissertation


• Perspectives on Environment and Development
• Ecology, Conservation and Culture
• Geoinformatics
• Environmental Auditing
• Climate Change and Society
• Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
• Habitat Management
• Wildlife Population Ecology
• Wildlife Monitoring Techniques
• Modelling Environmental Processes
• Environmental Toxicology
• Geological Hazards
• Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy
• International Human Rights Law
• The Rights of Peoples
• Environmental Law
• International Environmental Law
• The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
• Social and Cultural Theory
• Cybercultures
• Gender, Sex and Bodies
• Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies
• Gender and Violence
• Capitalism and Crisis

Visit the Environment, Culture and Society page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science. IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

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