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Environment & Development MA/MSc

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The Environment and Development MA/MSc course is designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical understanding of the relationship between development problems and environmental issues, grounded in differing regional contexts across the global South.  

This study pathway provides a framework for appraising the understanding of environmental
issues and development problems in Asia, Africa and Latin America; and encourages you to look beyond conventional North-originated perspectives and assumptions through regional case studies.

  • Academic staff have first-hand experience of environmental and developmental issues in the world's underdeveloped countries.

  • Opportunities to carry out original fieldwork either in the UK or overseas for your dissertation.

  • Excellent tutorial support, extensive programme-specific interactive teaching and regular classroom discussions.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 35 FT/PT.

Course leaders

Dr Daanish Mustafa (

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7171
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Geography



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Course detail


The Environment & Development MA/MSc course offers a demanding and stimulating programme of study, with an emphasis on developing your analytical and research skills and on breaking free of conventional ‘Northoriginated’ paradigms on development. You will study modules covering Practising Social Research and Environment, Livelihoods and
Development in the ‘South’, as well as choosing from a wide range of optional modules. If you choose to follow the MSc research pathway, you will also study Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography. You will complete an individual research project and dissertation on a subject of your choice for the Environment and Development module.

The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules with a value of between 180 and 190 credits to complete the programme, 60 of which will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 words. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete, and you will take the required modules in the first year, and the dissertation in your second year.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The methods of assessment for specialist taught modules are a combination of essays/reports, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination. 


Year 1

Required Modules
  • Dissertation in Environment and Development (60 credits)

  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)

  • Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ (20 credits)

  • Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (20 credits)

MSc students are also required to take:

  • Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

If you are a part-time student, during your first year you should plan to take the required modules Practising Social Research, Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ and Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’. During the second year you will take Dissertation in Environment and Development.

Optional Modules

Students are also required to take a 20 credit module. Module choices may typically include:

  • Analysing African Cities: Globalisation and Urban Livelihoods (20 credits)

  • Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits)

  • Disasters and Development (20 credits)

  • Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits) (prerequisite: Disasters and Development [offered T1], either through taking the module fully or through auditing)

  • Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits)

  • Climate Change and Culture (20 credits)

  • Climate: Science and History (20 credits)

  • A Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits)

You will then study further modules to bring your total up to 180-190 credits for the degree from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Any of the modules listed above

  • Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in the Department of Geography

  • Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in:

  • The India Institute on the MA Modern India

  • The China Institute on the MSc China & Globalisation and MSc Governance in Contemporary China

  • The Brazil Institute on the MA Brazil in Global Perspective
  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered across the university, subject to approvals.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

We run a rolling admissions system. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs
  • Some modules include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year. 
  • Costs may be incurred for dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Many of our Graduates have gone on to undertake further graduate study and work as research assistants for international development agencies. Career opportunities with government agencies, international and national non-governmental organisations and academic research institutes.

Career destinations

Students on this programme have gone on to: undertake further graduate study as research students; work as research assistants for international development agencies; fundraisers for the VSO; Government agencies in North and Soth; Teaching and Lectureships.


Next steps

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