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. This combination is ideal if you are passionate about the environment and are interested in the way in which it is debated from a broad spectrum of positions, alongside some of the most fascinating questions human beings have ever asked. Environmental Studies differs from our Environmental Science programme because it focuses on the socio-political nature of environmental problems and the responses to them from individuals, businesses, institutions and civil organisations. You’ll explore the crucial relationship between humans and the environment and explore subjects such as sustainable development, environmental policy-making, ethical codes of practice and environmental activism. Philosophy is concerned with questions about the ultimate nature of reality, the extent to which we can achieve knowledge, the relationship between consciousness and the brain, how we should conduct our lives and how society should be organised, as well as other related issues. There is no broader perspective than the philosophical one from which to consider our relationship to our environment. Many of the central debates about how we live are environmental and many of the debates about the environment are at their core philosophical in nature. 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. A growing number of careers are open to people who truly understand the many different perspectives on environmental issues. This combination will develop your ability to think critically, speak persuasively and work with people who have diverse viewpoints and agendas. You might go into journalism, education, the law, finance, publishing, or work directly in sustainability, government, for a policy maker or as a campaigner.