Taught course

Wild Writing: Literature, Landscape and the Environment

University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a humanities or science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers a unique 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 twenty-first-century writing about nature.

You can join our MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment with or without specialist backgrounds in literary studies or biological sciences, as one distinctive feature is our combination of literary and scientific analysis, although you can vary the balance of these two 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 your core course and/or dissertation.

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is distinctive in the breadth of our cultural interests, combining expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your studies.

Many of our academic staff are scholars of international reputation including our professors, John Gillies, Richard Gray, Peter Hulme and Marina Warner, who are recognised experts in the fields respectively of Shakespeare, US literature, postcolonial studies, and cultural history. Richard Gray was the first specialist in US literature to be appointed to the British Academy, while Marina Warner is a distinguished novelist who has been appointed to the British Academy. Since 2009, internationally acclaimed poet and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott has worked annually with our students as our Professor of Poetry. In January 2011, he was awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his latest collection, White Egrets.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in writing

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719