The MSc Environment, Culture and Society provides up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.

Welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds, this exciting MSc will explore the core perspectives, concepts, and practices from the arts, humanities and social sciences needed to imagine and enact sustainable environmental futures.

You will develop the critical and creative skills and abilities to assess the importance and implications of geographical and other conceptual debates which shape environmental policy and practice.

Reputation and relevance

Taught by world-leading experts, the programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from:

  • geography
  • social and political studies
  • landscape architecture
  • literature
  • archaeology
  • philosophy
  • theology
  • science and technology studies
  • development studies

It provides you with a unique critical and creative perspective on current environmental issues and possible futures.

Study Details:

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

You must take these courses
Values and the Environment (P)
Political Ecology
Creativity and the Environment
Dissertation – Environment, Culture & Society

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Student Destinations

he MSc Environment, Culture and Society will equip you to think critically across disciplinary divides, generate new knowledge related to the environment and use this knowledge to address urgent environmental challenges.

You will be encouraged and supported to develop your interests at an advanced level in an area you are most passionate about.

Our graduates have been successful in pursuing a variety of careers, including:

  • environmental policy
  • conservation
  • animal welfare
  • corporate social responsibility
  • education
  • business communications
  • research

Due to the diversity of the topics within the programme, you can work in a range of sectors, including government, NGOs (such as environmental charities and development organisations), the private sector and academia.

Our graduates

Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment with include:

  • Conservation International
  • National Forestry Commission
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • The Climate Group
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Provincial Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change (Canada)
  • KPMG Sustainability (Japan)
  • Environmental Law Institute (USA)
  • Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability
  • American Sportfishing Association (USA)
  • Clean Up Australia


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Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience.

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