Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Travel and Nature Writing

This course is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non- fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. The course focuses on the application of writing skills to match the requirements of the travel and nature writing sector. To this end, students learn from engagement, encounter, workshop, tuition and mentoring; they develop their professional practice and produce a portfolio of work to help establish their careers in this highly competitive field.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree, a formal application, samples of travel and/or nature writing and interview required.

Course modules

The course begins with an intense 6 day residential session for induction, introduction to distance learning, taught modules and mentoring sessions. The 1st 2 trimesters involve writing regular pieces which are critiqued by tutors and peers. Through a business and context module, students can explore the ethics, history and development of a particular area of travel or nature writing. The 2nd residency is usually planned to coincide with the Bath Literary Festival in March. Throughout the course students develop a portfolio of their best work and a journal tracking their submissions to publications; in this they will be supported by a mentor. The 3rd residency involves fieldwork, normally outside the UK.

Assessment methods

The course totals 180 credits: modules in the 1st trimester account for 30 credits, the 2nd trimester also accounts for 30 credits, professional practice develops through trimesters 1 and 2 accounting for 30 credits and the portfolio amassed throughout all 3 trimesters accounts for 90 credits.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) £ 6,755 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) £ 11,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) £ 6,755 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Corsham Court Chippenham SN13 0BZ South West

Key information

Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01225 875875