English and Environment BA (Full time) 2018 start
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)
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).Back to top
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English.
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
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.
European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in English.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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.
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.
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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