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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.
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.
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 (email@example.com)
Dr Daanish Mustafa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Geography
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.
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.
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.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 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.
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 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/study/masters/timetablesmodules.aspx. 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.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays/reports, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination.
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)
You will study one 20 credit module from the following:
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 and you will choose from the following:
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
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.
I find many attractive things about King’s, particularly the huge community of talented global students from whom I have gained invaluable insights into their rich cultures and built life-long relationships. King’s facilities such as the academic libraries, IT services and extensive dedicated student support services are world-class!
As soon as I started my studies I found myself immersed in a group of international talented and enthusiastic people. This was the very heart of my experience. Encouraged by academic staff, the opportunity to work sharing thoughts and debating with fellow students brought strands of thought that helped me bring better results from my research.
"I chose to study this MA programme because it combines environment and development in a way that is unique, but also very sensible considering the interdependence of the two. I like the fact that you can chat with any professor and address them by their first name. Most of them are very down-to-earth."
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The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
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