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MA in Environmental Humanities at Durham University

The MA in Environmental Humanities is an exciting new, interdisciplinary programme that aims to explore how the methods and insights of humanities disciplines can contribute to developing a response to the environmental crisis. It enables you to cross disciplinary boundaries, engaging both the humanities and social sciences and the natural sciences, and provides you with a foundation for further research at PhD level as well as for environmentally-oriented careers or activist forms of engagement
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The environmental crisis is multi-dimensional and demands an interdisciplinary approach. The MA in Environmental Humanities offers students an outstanding opportunity to cross disciplinary boundaries, working across the humanities and social sciences, whilst also pursuing their own interests.

Dr Kerstin Oloff
Associate Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
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MA in Environmental Humanities

Professor Robert Song and Assistant Professor Simona Capisani talk about the impact of Environmental Humanities, explain the scope of the MA at Durham University and describe which career options it offers.

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This course has truly opened my eyes in a way nothing else has before. With a solid understanding of the challenges we face in the Anthropocene era, I now have a newfound sense of hope, stronger than ever, that there is still time to make a positive change.

Nicole Kilikova
MA Environmental Humanities student

Interdisciplinary Approach

The MA in Environmental Humanities is part of a suite of Masters programmes in sustainability which share a core module and enable students to meet and learn from other students working in environmental themes at postgraduate level from right across the university.

Modules of the programme cover a wide variety of disciplines: from English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, to Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Anthropology, Geography, and Law.
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Having the opportunity to study across disciplines in the Humanities has been a wonderful way to discover various perspectives and responses to climate change and the environment. The interdisciplinary modules you pick help you tailor your interests, widen your scope of knowledge, and encourage informed interdisciplinary reflections.

Lucy Ciccarella
MA Environmental Humanities student
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Durham has a substantial number of academic staff across a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities whose internationally recognised excellence in research on climate change and the environment provides students with the intellectual opportunity to creatively examine and address the complex challenges posed by our changing climate.

Dr Simona Capisani
Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy
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Careers and Employability

As more organizations are recognising the importance of environmental sustainability for their strategic development, an increasing number of career options are opening up for graduates with an MA in Environmental Humanities.

The range of options include careers in national, international and local government agencies, corporate responsibility and sustainability, sustainability management, policy research, environmental journalism and writing, environmental tourism, conservation work, environmentally-oriented NGOs and charities, as well as enhanced suitability for business graduate programmes in sustainability. Masters graduates with arts and humanities degrees are often attractive to employers because of their flexibility, understanding and ability to communicate, as well as their analytical and synthetic skills.

For those wishing to pursue doctoral level research in environmental humanities, the MA provides an outstanding grounding in this fast-growing interdisciplinary area. The flexibility of the programme enables students to pursue their interests whilst also learning to work in an interdisciplinary context.


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A growing number of organisations across all sectors are recognising that environmental thinking needs to be core to their ways of operating. This MA provides students with an excellent grounding for a wide range of different career paths.

Professor Robert Song
Programme Director

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See all course details and structure, entry requirements, fees and funding and how to apply.
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MA in Environmental Humanities - What our staff say

In this video we hear how the research of some of our academics contributes to the MA in Environmental Humanities at Durham University.

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Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability

Durham University has been recognised as one of the top universities in the world for taking action to address the most pressing Environment, Social and Governance challenges facing society today.

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Environmental Humanities conversation

Join Simona Capisani, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Durham University, and Simon James, Professor in Philosophy at Durham University, in their conversation about Environmental Philosophy.

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From our staff blog: Using Environmental Humanities to help solve the climate crisis

Professor Robert Song from our Department of Theology and Religion and Dr Simona Capisani from our Department of Philosophy were recently part of a delegation visiting our partner institution Uppsala University in Sweden to discuss Environmental Humanities collaborations.
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