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Environment, Politics & Globalisation MA/MSc

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Overview

The Environment, Politics and Globalisation MA/MSc is an interdisciplinary course offering a unique combination of theoretical and relevant policy subjects to give you in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments, both now and in the past. You will examine local case studies as well as global environmental issues, politics and policies from a variety of perspectives to gain a textured understanding of this contested and vital area of study.


Key benefits

  • You will study a unique combination of theoretical and policy-relevant modules.

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

  • You will develop skills in the appropriate use and application of quantitative and qualitative methods.

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 30 FT/PT.

Course leaders Dr Alex Loftus (alex.loftus@kcl.ac.uk)

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
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

Description

The MA Environment, Politics and Globalisationprogramme is aimed at providing students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments at a range of interrelated and ever shifting scales. In this context the programme involves a broad and reflexive interpretation of the terms ‘environment’, ‘politics’, and ‘globalisation’. It aims to enable students to develop the skills required to engage with both cutting edge academic literature and grounded policy scenarios so that they can participate in the dynamic and contested environmental arena. These aims are achieved by the unique combination of theoretical and practical modules that draw on staff environmental expertise, along with internships with participating environmental organisations.

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 and 7SSG5147 in your first year, and 7SSG5009 (Dissertation) in your second year.

Course purpose

For those seeking to develop their intellectual and practical skills to engage in both academic debates and the practical construction of environmental policy and politics at national and international scales.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx http://www.kcl.ac.uk/geography/study/masters/modules.aspx

Course format and assessment

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

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Dissertation in Environment, Politics and Globalisation (60 credits)

  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)

  • Globalisation and the Environment (40 credits)

Additional required modules for the MSc Pathway

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

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

You will take an additional 40 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Environmental Internship (20 credits)

  • Environmental Actors and Politics (20 credits)

  • Disasters and Development (20 credits)

  • Critical Geographies of Terrorism (20 credits)

  • Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)

  • Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits) (Prerequisite: Disasters and Development either through taking the module fully or through auditing)

  • Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits)

  • Climate Change and Culture (20 credits)

  • The Right to the City (20 credits)

  • Climate: Science and History (20 credits)

  • Geopolitics, Power and Place (20 credits)

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

  • Political Ecology, Environment & Brazil (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

    • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered from 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

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 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.

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.

Deposit                                                   

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.

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

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Students on this programme have gone on to: undertake further graduate study as research students; work as research assistants for international consultancies, charities  and government agencies; occupy senior management positions; teaching; journalism.

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