Taught course

Environmental History

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 from a UK university or equivalent (eg. GPA 3.6 or better)

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Environmental History explores human interaction with the non-human natural world within the context of a conceptually advanced study of history of science, medicine and environment.

Course highlights

  • The programme benefits from the expertise of members of the Institute for Environmental History and the Department of Modern History.
  • Students explore multiple dimensions of this intellectually significant field of study, while firmly rooting this knowledge in a progressively better understanding of core issues within historiography and methodology.
  • Some modules are interdisciplinary and interdepartmental, involving the School of Geography and Geosciences.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Environmental History is an interdisciplinary taught postgraduate programme run jointly by the Institute for Environmental History and the Department of Modern History. Over two semesters, students complete three compulsory and one to three optional modules for 120 course credits.

Teaching methods include seminars and fortnightly tutorials. Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed principally by coursework.

Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English then evidence of English-language ability is normally required such as IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation60 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462 907