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MA Ecology, Culture & Society

Goldsmiths, University of London
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MA Ecology, Culture & Society

Runaway climate change, mass extinctions, radical ecological transformations. We are living through profoundly unsettling times, and face equally uncertain futures. The MA Ecology, Culture, & Society offers the opportunity to engage with the urgency of contemporary socio-ecological challenges and to imaginatively explore ways of inhabiting the Earth otherwise.

The MA will take a distinctivelyinterdisciplinary and critical perspective. It will highlight the concept of“ecology” in an expanded sense and encompass the complex web ofinterconnections that bind people, animals, bodies, soils, ideas,technologies, practices, institutions, cultures, and histories with theirchanging environments. Drawing on perspectives from the humanities and thesocial sciences, this programme explores the many shifting relationshipsbetween natures and cultures around the world. It introduces critical new approachesto the connections between humans and animals inmore-than-human worlds, and it will enable you to develop a criticalunderstanding of the ways in which ecological issues are intertwined with the question of social justice, cultural difference, and decolonisation.

You willbe encouraged to explore the philosophical, cultural, political, and socialdimensions thatshape our understanding of contemporary socio-ecological issuesand to explore imaginative responses to them. You will also learn to develop andapply ecological perspectives on various forms of social, political, andcultural analysis.

Admission requirements

Successful applicants will have a 2:1 or equivalent from their honours undergraduate degree programme in a relevant subject. Those without this level of qualification may make a case for consideration and will be interviewed for admission.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more aboutthe qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isnt your first language, you will need an IELTS score (orequivalent English language qualification) of6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range ofcourses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Compulsory modules

  • Social Theory for Changing Climates
  • The Ethics and Politics of Animals
  • Cultural Ecologies

Option modules

  • Practical Ecologies (Placement)
  • Social Research for Public Engagement
  • Politics and Difference
  • Feminist Methods
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Globalisation: Politics, Policy and Critique
  • Cultural Studies and Capitalism
  • The Political Economy of the Anthropocene
  • Development for the 21st Century
  • Decolonising Knowledge: Debates in Human Science
  • Learning from Social Movements
  • Critical Voices in Development
  • The Contemporary American Novel in the Era of Climate Change
  • The Ocean as Archive

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Local students - full-time: £8990
  • Local students - part-time: £4495
  • International Students- full-time: £17760

Career paths

This programme is ideal for anyone pursuing careers in policy research, NGOs, advocacy, charities, international organisations, cultural and political activism, global media, as well as for further academic work leading to a PhD. Students are encouraged to seek work experience and work placements during the programme (see the optional module “Practical Ecologies") as time allows. The MA also allows you to pursue further academic research in one or more of the areas covered on the programme.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...

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At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies. We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

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