University of Essex

University of Essex

Wild Writing (Literature and the Environment)

Our course offers a combination of science and humanities, focusing on writing about the environment. Its concerns are global, though our core modules focus these concerns through a study of the writing and environment of the local region, and through an introduction to 21st Century writing about nature. Students can join our course with or without specialist backgrounds in literary studies or biological sciences, as 1 distinctive feature is our combination of literary and scientific analysis, although students can vary the balance of these 2 elements. We include field trips in the local area and a creative writing route is also available by choosing our creative writing modules and the creative writing form of assessment for students' core course and/or dissertation.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with 6.5 in writing.

Course modules

Core modules include: Dissertation; the new nature writing; the wild east. Optional modules include: Climate change; coastal ecology; conservation management and practice; conservation management in tropical environments; environment, sustainability and management; environmental economics; international environmental politics; literature and the environmental imagination (from east to west in 19th- and 20th-Century poetry and prose); memory maps: practices in psychogeography; Oulipian practice; poetic practice; pollution: impacts and management; research methods in literary and cultural analysis; research skills and data analysis; society and the environment (the global challenge); sustainability; the new nature writing; the tale (tellings and re-tellings); the wild east; transatlantic romanticisms; US nationalism and regionalism; writing magic; writing the novel.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Telephone number: 
01206 872719