Global Environmental Change

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MSc

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Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content
Core module (60 credits):
  • 7SSG5167 Dissertation in Global Environmental Change (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)


Compulsory modules (60 credits):

  • 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5176 Global Environmental Change 1: Past and Present (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5177 Global Environmental Change 2: Present and Future (20 credits)

Indicative non-core content
Optional modules (60–90 credits):
Students must take 60 credits optional modules, with at least 40 credits from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below for their pathway, and the other credits may come from any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department (including those on either list of prescribed optional modules). Students on either pathway who wish to take greater than 180 credits overall (for a maximum total of 210 credits) will require approval from the Programme Director using the Module Amendment Form available from https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/stu/geog/student-forms.aspx. However, it is not necessary to take these additional credits and it is strongly advised that students generally restrict themselves to the minimum number of credits required.


List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to the POLICY pathway of this Programme:

  • 7SSG5070 Environmental Internship (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5073 Environmental Actors and Politics (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5104 Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5165 Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5206 International Rivers (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5208 Understanding Climate Change in Society (20 credits)


List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to the SCIENCE pathway of this Programme:

  • 7SSG5029 Environmental Remote Sensing (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5031 Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5035 Monitoring Environmental Change (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5109 Environmental GIS (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5111 Environmental Research Design and Application (20 credits)


Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above.
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

Please note that the above programme structure is subject to formal approval.


FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Compulsory taught modules are all assessed by coursework-based methods (essays, presentations, practical writeups, online quizzes). Optional moduels are assessed by coursework and occasionally by examination. The three-month written research dissertation is core and is based upon work conducted overseas or in the UK.

MODULES
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7SSG5110
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module aims to provide a background in issues and methods involved in doing environmental research, including research methods and design. To achieve this, the module consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and practicals giving an overview of methods in designing, analyzing, presenting and evaluating environmental research. A subcomponent of this module will be an additional unassessed but required set of practicals and seminars giving a overview of laboratory and field equipment available in the KCL Department of Geography. On completion of this module, the student will be able to define the features of environmental problems and will be able to assess environmental investigations in terms of their design strategies for collection of data, data analysis, and results presentation. When taken with SG/5111 the students will be fully equipped to carry out their own independent research into environmental problems using these methodologies.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.

Module code: 7SSG5149
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module aims to provide students with training in critical social science with which to examine the causes of natural disaster associated with climate change and other extreme events and the ways in which natural disaster risk and recovery are managed. The module exposes students to vulnerability and capacity assessment methodologies, and management approaches including community based risk management. There is a particular, but not exclusive focus on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Theoretically the module draws from the political ecology of disaster and hazardscapes work.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5073
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module enables students to understand the main problems and opportunities of environmental actors with regard to environmental policy formulation and implementation. It gives students an insight into the pertinent debates surrounding the role of different environmental actors in the environmental management process and enables them to understand debates surrounding differences between environmental policy-making in advanced economies and the Third World and why different environmental actors are pursuing different agendas with regard to environmental policy and politics.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5109
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

This module enables students to capture spatial GIS data from a variety of sources, to assess and manage spatial data quality, to integrate and analyse these data within the latest business and research standard GIS environments. The module focuses particularly on the integrated use of spatial (GIS) data alongside remote sensing technologies and simulation models for better understanding and managing the natural environment. Various aspects of spatial and spatio-temporal analysis are covered and the role of GIS in supporting management decisions is emphasised. Course materials focus on the physical environment and ecological systems but include socio-economic information where necessary.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5070
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Full-year 

This module enables students to understand the main opportunities and constraints facing the policy-influencing capacities of environmental organisations, through the medium of an internship placement with an NGO. Students gain insights into the workings of environmental organisations and a feel for the day-to-day working practices of environmental activists. While on placement students learn how to collect/process environmental information relevant to the campaigning activities of environmental organisations, and subsequently put together a structured and coherent report reflecting on their practical experience.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5029
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

The module enables students to understand the information content of optical, thermal and radar remotely sensed data and to be able to identify the appropriate type of data for use in different environmental investigations. Students will learn to understand and apply various data calibration, processing and analyses techniques to maximize the interpretation of remotely sensed imagery. They will search, order and import various types of remote sensing data into appropriate software packages, and will be able to identify, obtain, calibrate, process and interpret data from sensors such as the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer and/or Landsat Thematic Mapper to illustrate examples of environmental change phenomena.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5031
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

Through seminars and hands on experience, this module enables students to develop a research-level understanding of environmental modelling applications and limitations. Students will gain the ability to build, develop and apply a wide-range of modelling solutions to environmental problems. Students will also be able to critically assess research involving models and the application of models.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5035
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module introduces students to the details and practicalities of environmental monitoring, using a variety of methodologies and measurement techniques, specifically using electronic-based sensors and instrumentation. Students acquire the skills to manipulate raw field, laboratory and logged data for analysis, to monitor, measure and analyse data on environmental stores and fluxes, and to interpret, analyse and present field and laboratory data clearly in written reports in order to explain processes operating in the environmental system under investigation. Students will also gain experience to design field or laboratory based research projects to monitor environmental systems, making use of appropriate field, laboratory and measurement equipment. Field monitoring methods are taught in the context of atmospheric environments, catchment monitoring, fluvial systems, hydrological processes, complemented with a practical fieldwork exercise.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5104
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the recent history of water resource allocation and management especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Priority will be given to outlining a conceptual framework identifying the relevant underlying ecological, economic and sociological principles relevant in the evaluation and management of water resources. The conceptual framework will also show the link between these underlying principles and environmental and economic policies. The roles of the institutions and technologies through which such policies can be implemented will also be analysed and exemplified.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
KEY FACTS
Programme leader/s
Professor Nick Drake (nick.drake@kcl.ac.uk)
Awarding institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Duration
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Location
Strand Campus.
Student destinations
The MSc is designed to prepare students for careers in environmental change research, consultancy and/or policy development. It provides interdisciplinary research training for those going onto a PhD in environmental and/or Earth system science within King's or elsewhere, and students entering the job market immediately after graduation are expected to be highly marketable in three main areas; local and national governmental and non-governmental agencies (eg Environment Agency; County Councils; Nature Conservancies); environmental consultancies and businesses (eg Environmental Informatics providers; Environmental Businesses - including Carbon Trading; Insurance; Waste Management and Energy Industries), and policy development organisations (eg government departments such as Defra). The Seminars in Environmental Research, Management and Policy module offers students the chance to hear and meet practitioners in many of these key areas.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Waterloo Campus