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English and Environment BA (Full time) 2018 start

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Key facts

UCAS code: GA1A

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £19,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Our BA English and Environment is a course unique in the UK that pairs the study of English literature and cultural studies with issues facing the environment, such as sustainability and climate change, and is taught jointly by the School of English and the School of Earth and Environment. The course is part of the University’s commitment to problem-solving cross-disciplinary research that combines methods drawn from the sciences with those more usually associated with the arts.

This course allows you to explore the often surprisingly deep relationship between English literature on the one hand, and historical and contemporary environmental issues and debates on the other.

You will combine skills derived from the study of both literature and environmental studies, developing a unique and valuable skill set.

In Year 1 you will gain insights into key issues and debates while working on the critical and analytical skills needed to address them.

In Year 2 you will sharpen these skills by applying them to issues such as wildness/wilderness, climate change, or biodiversity) in which both qualitative (interpretative) and quantitative forms of analysis are required.

In Year 3, you will undertake an autonomous research project while also honing pre-professional skills in such environmentally oriented areas as environmental journalism and consultancy, biodiversity management and work with non-profit organisations (NGOs).

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Course content

This course combines specialist environmental humanities modules in the School of English with modules in environmental social science in the School of Earth & Environment.

You will get to choose from a wide range of modules from across the two schools. Modules in English include ecocriticism, animal studies and posthumanist thought, while Earth & Environment offer modules on, for example, sustainable development and environmental policy. Linking these, a range of cross-cutting themes, including principles of sustainability, perceptions of the wild, and concepts of biodiversity, ensures that the history of environmental ideas and theories is mapped against contemporary environmental actions and practices.

This course is distinctive in bringing two sets of knowledge and techniques to bear on contemporary environmental issues and problems, using arts- as well as science-based methods and approaches to explore the cultural, historical and ethical dimensions of the environmental crisis.

You will graduate with a refined critical understanding of contemporary environmental issues and debates, but also of the ethical, cultural and historical forces that inform them, and a range of techniques for responding to them. These distinctive critical and analytical skills are relevant to a variety of both culturally and environmentally oriented professional careers.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Studying and Researching English 5 credits
Environment, Crisis and Creativity: Contemporary Nature Writing 20 credits
Foundations of English Studies 20 credits
Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
Skills for Environmental Social Science 10 credits
Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

Literature of the Romantic Period 20 credits
The Wild: Literature and the Environment 20 credits
Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
People, Sustainability, and the Environment 20 credits
Research in the Environmental Social Sciences 30 credits
Environmental Impact Assessment 10 credits
Managing Biodiversity 10 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Final Year Project 40 credits
America, Inundated: Floods and other Scourges in US Fiction, 1935-1998 20 credits
Where the Wild Things Are: Animals in Children's Literature 20 credits
Imagining Posthuman Futures 20 credits
Environmental Research Project 40 credits
Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management 10 credits
Sustainable Consumption 10 credits
Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools 10 credits
Sustainable Futures 20 credits
Sustainable Development in Practice 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read English and Environment BA in the course catalogue


A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course. These involve traditional essays and exams but also fieldwork reports, in-class project work and public poster presentations.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including Grade A in English Language and/or Literature, or equivalent qualifications.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required. The Access course must include English modules.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA in Advanced Highers including an A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in English.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of English Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £19,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities opened up by the programme include green business and consultancy, environmental management, not-for-profit work (e.g. environmental NGOs), policy work (e.g. at national/regional think tanks, the European Commission and UN-based organisations), and a range of culturally oriented professions, e.g. journalism, cultural management, and public relations.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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