Aberystwyth University
English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons)
Aberystwyth University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our combined course provides a thorough and critical understanding of the ideological debates that shape the ways we read and write, challenge our perceptions of the places we read and write about, and interrogate who we are. You will encounter texts that explore and represent climate change, that evaluate the climate challenge and its political, economic, social, and ecological impacts. By raising provocative questions about human responses to climate change, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to analyse diverse perspectives on a global challenge. This scheme establishes core knowledge of climate science and issues of governance pertaining to climate change alongside subject-specialist engagement with the representation of climate change in literature from the 1800s onwards. Throughout the course, you will engage in a problem-based learning approach that presents students with real-world scenarios and simulations enabling you to develop negotiation and team-building skills essential to a plethora of employment settings.

Year one: Your core modules will provide you with the necessary foundation for successful engagement with literature and creative writing at the university level. Critical Practice builds upon your existing skills and helps you become an independent thinker and critic; Creative Practice gives you a foundation of knowledge and techniques for creative writing. You will also study writing from the pre-1800 period, introducing you to the long tradition of English literatures from Chaucer to Defoe. You will investigate the science of climate change through two innovative modules, Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptation and The Science of Climate. In these modules, you will work with staff and students from other disciplines and together bring your subject-perspectives into contact in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of climate change. In addition, you will choose from an exciting range of option modules, including Literature and the Sea and Introduction to Poetry, that allows responding to what you are learning either creatively, through your own writing, or critically, through essays. You will be able to study writing from an exceptionally broad range of places and periods, such as Greek and Roman Epic and Drama, American Literature and Contemporary Writing. Years two and three: The module Governance of Climate Change engages students in simulation, presenting you with real-world problems and developing the skills essential to addressing current and future global challenges. You will also take core modules that will give you detailed knowledge of fictional and non-fictional responses to the climate, Literature, and Climate in the Nineteenth Century, Contemporary Writing and Environmental Justice, Speculative Fiction and the Climate Crisis and you will develop your own creative writing in whatever genre or form you choose in Crisis Writing. You will also choose from a wide range of option modules through which you can tailor your program to suit your specific interests. Our writing modules cover graphic novels, crime fiction, specific skills (plot, characterisation), and much more; our English modules introduce you to the best, most exciting literature from the last 1000 years. You will engage in ideological debates that shape the ways we read and write; Literatures of Surveillance, challenge our perceptions of the places we read and write about; Literary Geographies, and interrogate who we are; Contemporary Queer Fiction. In the final year the Creative Writing Project or English Dissertation. With the opportunity to attend our annual Writing Retreat held at a historic site in the beautiful mid-Wales countryside, the final year project is a fitting culmination to a degree that challenges students to become informed, skilled, and impassioned advocates for change.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 41 graduates of English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in English Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
92 /100
41 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £21000 £26500
25-75 percentile range £17000 - £26000 £17000 - £26000 £20500 - £32000

Salary of all UK Graduates of English Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22924 £22476 £26850
25-75 percentile range £19191 - £25963 £17527 - £27499 £20541 - £33368

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of English Studies and Climate Change, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

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Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University

10% Natural and social science professionals
10% Sales occupations
10% Administrative occupations
10% Engineering professionals
10% Conservation and environment professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Caring personal services

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

English language requirements

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Cambridge English Advanced
Cambridge English Proficiency
IELTS (Academic) 6 With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 62 With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT) 88 With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that wit
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Tuition Fees English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons)

England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
Ireland £9000 year 1
EU £14300 year 1
International £14300 year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards.

Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Aberystwyth University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Aberystwyth University in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #4 
    • #87 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of Aberystwyth University

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About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University (Aber) was founded in 1872 in Aberystwyth, Wales. This university has earned itself an impressive array of awards in various domains, including in teaching standards and post-graduate employability. Whether you enjoy walking by the beach or visiting the historic town centre, Aberystwyth is a superb option for those students looking for a quiet place to focus on their academic goals.

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