At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. Environmental Studies and International Relations covers key contemporary issues of globalisation, international conflict, human rights, social inequalities and migration, complemented by a detailed focus on understanding environmental crisis. You’ll explore the crucial relationship between humans and the environment, drawing upon the humanities and the social sciences. You might investigate subjects such as sustainable development, environmental policy-making, ethical codes of practice and environmental activism. In International Relations you will cover key issues of conflict, human rights, and globalisation, and provides a solid understanding of international organisations such as the UN and EU. Because environmental problems are so international in scope the two subjects make an ideal combination. This course is ideal if you’re interested in the way the environment is debated from a broad spectrum of positions, including those of history, sociology, economics, ethics, human geography, politics, and philosophy as well as international relations. It also provides you with a foundation in other, broader, international issues, such as security, development and international cooperation and conflict. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. This course will provide an invaluable critical lens through which to see and approach the contemporary world, which appeals to many employers. You will possess highly developed skills in critical thinking and exploring approaches to problem solving, ideally suited to a breadth of careers or further study. You might work in journalism, the civil service, as a political or social researcher for an MP or thinktank, within an environmental organisation or department, within international organisations such as aid and development agencies or charity foundation. Some of our well-known graduates include Laurence Mann, who was political private secretary to David Cameron, Farah Faisal, Higher Commission for the Maldives, and Paul Rimmer, Director at the Ministry of Defence.