Dr. Katja Bruisch
Environmental history studies the interactions between humans and the non-human world in the past, looking at how human societies have been shaped by and, in turn, shaped their environment. Trinity's new M.Phil in Environmental History will give students a firm understanding of the interplay of, and feedbacks between, human societies and the non-human world over time, allowing them to develop much needed historical perspectives on current environmental challenges. The M.Phil offers an advanced qualification to graduates in relevant disciplines in the Humanities (History, Political Science, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies or similar) and the Natural Sciences (Environmental Sciences, Geography, Ecology, Biology or similar).
The primary aim of this course 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 and the unsustainable use of resources. A strong interdisciplinary component that can be tailored to individual students’ interests is ensured by a comprehensive suite of modules cross-listed with existing Masters programmes in History, the School of Histories and Humanities and the School of Natural Sciences. Training in critical thinking and mixed methods research skills (such as qualitative and quantitative approaches in GIS software) will open up students’ career perspectives in public management, private consultancies and NGOs, while also being an excellent entry point for doctoral studies.
The M.Phil programme will be led by and draw upon the resources of the Trinity Centre of Environmental Humanities, a leading research hub in the field of digital environmental humanities, giving students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest developments in the field.
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is one of the most renowned educational institutions in the world. Founded in 1592, Trinity is a historic university making a modern impact. As Ireland’s leading university, Trinity holds a global position as a leader in top-quality, internationally- recognised higher education and a transformative student experience. Located in the heart of Dublin city centre, our landmark campus is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. Committed to the highest excellence in all academic endeavours, Trinity is a university with a global reputation. Trinity is proud that postgraduate students continue to come here to study in significant numbers from around the world and strives to offer its students a truly diverse, cosmopolitan and international experience.
Admissions are now open for students who wish to start in September 2020: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az/course.php?id=DPTHH-EVHI-1F09