Environmental history is the study of interaction of humans with the natural world, while focusing on the role nature plays in human affairs and role of human affairs on nature. The discipline emerged in USA through the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and was founded on environmental conservation but moved towards more social and scientific history along with sustainable development. The academic discipline has its roots in archaeology, geography, and anthropology, along with the addition of ecology, biology, forestry to human sciences that led to the formation of Environmental history.

Environmental history focuses multidisciplinary subject that draws on (1) natural science, how the nature changes over time, includes human impacts on Earth’s sphere – Biosphere, Atmosphere, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Pedosphere, Cryosphere (2) humanities, how humans use nature and its environmental consequences of increasing population, effective technology, changing patterns of consumption and production, neolithic revolution, colonial expansion, settlements, environmental/human consequences of industrial and technological revolutions, (3) social sciences, how humans think about nature – attitudes, beliefs, values, and interaction with nature, especially in the form of myths, religion, and science.

List of Environmental History Master’s programs

M.Phil. Environmental History, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland is offering a M. Phil. program in Environmental history to candidates with advanced qualifications in relevant disciplines of humanities or natural sciences. The master’s program offers a full-time scheme (1 year) and a part-time scheme (2 years) with a strong focus on quantitative methods, qualitative methods, digital humanities, critical thinking. The aim of the program is to produce graduates for public sector, private sector, media, consultancy service, as well as NGOs or a pathway for PhD studies.

Applicants should have a bachelors level degree in natural sciences (Biology, Geography, Environmental or Ecological disciplines etc) or humanities (history, political science, cultural studies etc).

The deadline to apply for the program is May 31, while the intake (maximum 10 seats) takes place in the month of September each year.

To know more about the curriculum, eligibility criteria, tuition fee, application procedure, please visit the official website for the program.

MA Global Environmental History, Uppsala University, Sweden

Emergent and pressing environmental issues facing humanity and nature has resulted in an increased demand of qualified professionals that have a multidisciplinary comprehension of society and nature. Uppsala University offers a 2-year MA program in Environmental history that intends to provide students with an advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of humanistic, social, and scientific analysis of relationship between nature and humans. It aims to nurture future environmental historians regarding key environmental issues and sustainability challenges.

The application deadline is January 15 each year, the general eligibility requirements include a previous education in social sciences or natural sciences along with English proficiency test – IELTS (6.5, no sub-section below 5.5), TOEFL (90 iBT, with minimum 20 in writing section), Cambridge CAE, CPE. The application fee for the program is SEK 900, and the total tuition fee is SEK 200,000 (for Non-EEA/EU).

To know more about the curriculum, eligibility criteria, tuition fee, application procedure, please visit the official website for the program.

M.Litt. Environmental History, St. Andrews University, UK

M. Litt in Environmental History is an interdisciplinary program offered by St. Andrews University jointly offered by Department of Modern History and Institute of Environmental History. The duration of the program is one year and offers studies that build upon interaction of humans with the natural world withing the context of history of science, environment and medicine.

Applicants with a degree in history or a relevant discipline to environmental history can apply for the program. The tuition fee for the program is £9,900 (UK students) and £20,370 (overseas students). The deadline to apply for the program is usually August 11 each year, the requirements for the program include; a CV, a personal statement, sample of written academic work (2000 words), two signed academic letter of references, English proficiency certificate.

To find out program about the program, visit the official program website.

MSc Physical Geography: Environmental History, University of Bremen, Germany

The masters of science program at University of Bremen (Physical Geography: Environmental history) aims to understand and explain complex interactions of humans and nature that lead to significant environmental changes over time. The program draws upon human geography, archaeology, geosciences, paleobiology, environmental physics, and offers a research oriented education aimed at the reconstruction of environmental and climatic history.

The requirements for the program include a previous degree in physical geography, (Quaternary) geology or equivalent. The deadline to apply for the program is usually around mid of January each year for summer semester and for winter intake it is around the end of April.

To find out program about the program, visit the official program website.

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List of History Master’s programs with a specialization in Environmental history

A list of Master’s programs in History that have a specialization or major/minors in Environmental history are mentioned below:

History at Department of History, Yale University

Explorations in Environmental History, Department of History, University of York

History, Department of History, University of Washington

History, Center for the Environment, University of Nottingham

History, Department of History, University of British Colombia

History, Department of History, University of Oregon

History, Department of History, Harvard University

History, Department of History, University of Chicago

History, Department of History, University of Bristol

History, Department of History, University of Oklahoma

History, Department of History, University of North Texas

History, Department of History, Boise State University

History, School of History, Australian National University

History, School of Graduate studies, Nipissing University