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Environment & Development MA / MSc



The MA Environment and Development programme is aimed at providing students with an advanced theoretical understanding of the relationship between development problems and environmental issues, grounded in differing regional contexts across the global South. This will involve the critical appraisal of paradigms generated in the North from the viewpoint of the South, as well as the detailed study of paradigms emerging in the South.

Key benefits

  • Staff all have first hand experience of environmental and developmental issues in the world's poor countries.

  • Interactive teaching, with regular classroom discussions.

  • Students are encouraged to carry out original fieldwork either in the UK or overseas for their dissertations. 

  • Located in the heart of London. 

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 (

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Geography


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

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

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date and up to 01 July 2016 applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


The MA Environment and Development programme is aimed at providing students with an advanced theoretical understanding of the relationship between development problems and environmental issues, grounded in differing regional contexts across the global South. This will involve the critical appraisal of paradigms generated in the North from the viewpoint of the South, as well as the detailed study of paradigms emerging in the South. The programme provides a framework for the understanding of environmental issues and development problems in Asia, Africa and Latin America and provides relevant regional case studies to exemplify the problems raised.

You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 190 credits as outlined below. Details of all modules are at Note that not all options in the “list of prescribed optional modules” or under “other optional modules” are offered every year.

Part-time students: As part of your two-year schedule, plan to take the compulsory modules 7SSG5002, 7SSG5106 and 7SSG5107 in your first year, and 7SSG5005 (Dissertation) in your second year.

Course format and assessment

Specialist taught modules assessed by essay, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is compulsory and can be taken overseas or in the UK.


  • Required Modules

    Core module (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

    • 7SSG5005 Dissertation in Environment and Development (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

    Compulsory modules (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

    • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5106 Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ (20 credits, T2)

    • 7SSG5107 Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (20 credits, T1)

    Compulsory module (MSc pathway: 20 credits):

    • 7SSG5150 Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits, T2) †

    Development And Environmentalism In The 'South'
    Environment, Livelihoods & Development In The South
    Practising Social Research

    Optional Modules

    Optional modules (MA pathway: 60–70 credits; MSc pathway: 40–50 credits):

    Students must take 60–70 credits (MA pathway) or 40–50 credits (MSc pathway) of optional modules. For both MA and MSc pathways, at least 20 credits must be from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “other optional modules” list.

    List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to this Programme:

    • 7SSG5100 Analysing African Cities: Globalization and Urban Livelihoods (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5104 Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits, T2)

    • 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5168 Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits, T2) (Prerequisite: 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development [offered T1], either through taking the module fully or through auditing)

    • 7SSG5178 Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits, T2)

    • 7SSG5208 Climate Change and Culture (20 credits, T2)

    • 7SSG5210 Climate:Science and History (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5213A Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits, T2)

    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.

    • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules (subject to availability) offered in the KCL India Institute on the MA Modern India, in the KCL China Institute on the MSc China & Globalisation and MSc Governance in Contemporary China and in the KCL Brazil Institute on the MA Brazil in Global Perspective. ‡

    Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography. ‡

    † Students who have taken module 7SSG5150 and wish to request an MSc award are required to complete a Changes to Registration Status Form (see in order to transfer from the MA to the MSc programme. The form must be submitted to the Geography Department by 1st May 2016.

    ‡ Students may take up to 20 credits of their programme’s optional modules, in departments or institutes outside of the Geography Department (i.e., non-7SSG modules). Approval will be subject to justification to and written approval of their Programme Director using the Permission to take modules in other KCL Departments/Institutes form (see and subject to availability and signed permission from the appropriate department/institute administrator (in the exterior department/institute) to allow them on the module. Please note that the 20 credits can be in addition to those China, India and Brazil institute optional modules listed above, within the total limit allowed by the Environment and Development programme for optional modules, and such that not more than 40 credits in total is taken outside of the department.

    Community, Vulnerability And Disaster Risk
    Disasters And Development
    Southern Africa: The Political Ecology of Land and Agriculture
    Tourism And The Environment
    Urbanisation In Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihoods And Patterns Of Growth
    Water Resources And Water Policy

Career prospects

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.



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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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


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