Environmental History (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year full-time (EU and non-EU students) / 2 years part-time (EU/UK/EEA students only) 
 15 Places


The M.Phil. in Environmental History offers an advanced qualification to graduates in History, Political Science, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies or similar. This course gives students a firm understanding of the interplay of, and feedbacks between, nature and culture over time.  The taught full- or part-time degree combines interdisciplinary environmental history modules, training in digital humanities technologies, mixed (quantitative-qualitative) methods and innovative assessment design.  The purpose of this M.Phil. programme is to train students in methods and themes that are directly relevant to the professional workplace at a time when there is an increasing awareness of the need to include the competencies and insights of the humanities in understanding and addressing environmental issues, not least climate change. Training in critical thinking and mixed methods research skills will open up students’ career perspectives in the public sector, media, private consultancies and NGOs, as well as being an excellent entry point for doctoral studies.

Course organisation:

1. Environmental history modules (40 credits)

2. Option modules offered by the School of Histories and Humanities or the School of Natural Sciences (20 credits)

3. Individual research project (30 credits), consisting of a) 15,000-20,000 word dissertation or b) a combination of an extended research paper of 10,000-12,000 words (70%) and a digital output, e.g. database or map (30%)

4. Optional field-trip module including a preparatory workshop and field-trip to Iceland (10 credits)
Assessment: Modules will be assessed by a mix of presentations (pass/fail) and marked written assignments ranging in format from essays to archival and library exercises, seminar reports, digital content creation (e.g. GIS maps) and historical case studies. There will be no written examinations.

Career Opportunities 

The MPhil helps prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers including in the museum and heritage sectors, libraries and archives, publishing, NGOs, public policy and administration, teaching, media. It also provides invaluable training in research for those planning to pursue a doctorate and/or career in research.

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Study Environmental History (M.Phil.) at Trinity

This video provides a short overview of Trinity's postgraduate programme in Environmental History by Dr Katja Bruisch

Course Details

Number of Places

 15 Places

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Director

 Dr Katja Bruisch

Closing Date

30th June 2023

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Admission Requirements

Relevant preparatory courses include NFQ level 8-degree courses in the Humanities (History, Political Science, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies or similar) or the Natural Sciences (Environmental Sciences, Geography, Ecology, Biology or similar). Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class (2.1) Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (for example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant discipline or specialisation.

Course Fees

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“Our Centre is brilliant for the opportunities it has to offer, mostly because of the community and the wide range of backgrounds and expertise that those who are researching here at the Centre can provide.”

Tenaya Jorgenson

PhD student in the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities