Taught course

Political Ecology (MA)

Lancaster University · Lancaster Environment Centre

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Developmental Studies or Geography.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Scholarships of up to £5000 are available from Lancaster University to help with the cost of our programmes. To find out if you are eligible for any of our scholarships, please visit our dedicated scholarships pages.

The Earth is facing up to unprecedented environmental challenges. Enormous problems ranging from biodiversity loss to climate change demand both critical thought and action in order to understand and live with a changing planet. Yet environmental issues are simultaneously political, technological and cultural, and produce profound inequalities in how wealth, power and justice are realised. This unique Masters programme in Political Ecology offers the conceptual tools and practical skills to ask the difficult questions of human-environment relations, not to accept the status quo uncritically, and drive transformative action.

Course highlights

  • New for 2022, participate in a one-of-a-kind course - our MA Political Ecology is the only such programme in the UK.
  • Work and learn alongside the largest political ecology research groups in the country.
  • A highly interdisciplinary course, Political Ecology seeks to understand different ways of analysing the critique, debates and actions centred on diverse environment and development concerns from local to global scales.
  • Engage with a range of exciting themes, including the politics of resource extraction, water, climate politics and the green economy.
  • Explore the complexity of our planet and the challenges of our living with it through novel teaching approaches and highly creative classes designed to enhance your understanding of this multi-dimensional field.


Our Masters in Political Ecology will equip you with the skills and expertise to pursue a wide range of environmentally or politically focussed careers. By the end of their time with us, our graduates will be prepared to undertake roles in a wide range of sectors and organisations, from local and national government to educational and charitable institutes.

Course structure:

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.


  • Approaches to Political Ecology
  • Dissertation Project (60 credit)
  • Encountering Political Ecology
  • Perspectives on Environment and Development
  • Planning Independent Research
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences


  • Climate Change and Society
  • Environment and Culture
  • Environmental Governance and Management
  • Environmental governance and the biodiversity crisis
  • Environmental Justice
  • Globalisation and Democratisation
  • Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
  • International Environmental Law
  • The Rights of Peoples

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following your studies, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Computer equipment and internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr John Childs