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Environmental Monitoring, Modelling & Management MSc

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Our Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management MSc is a multidisciplinary study programme that will give you a deeper understanding of the processes and techniques for managing environmental change. You will develop skills to assess the causes and manage the consequences of environmental, climatic and land use changes, choosing either a research or a consultancy pathway to frame your study.


Key benefits

  • Your studies will focus on the delivery of essential technical skills (GIS, Remote Sensing, modelling and monitoring).

  • You will form close links with departmental research groups and external organisations in the UK and beyond.

  • Choose to study a research or consultancy pathway.

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 James Millington (james.millington@kcl.ac.uk)

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7171
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Geography

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Description

The Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management MSc programme offers advanced-level core training in environmental modelling and monitoring, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and in the research methods required to use them effectively.

You will examine how to assess the causes and consequences of environmental, climatic and land-use change, with the choice to follow a research pathway or a consultancy pathway. The two paths share key training elements but offer modules designed to support career development in two distinct spheres:

  • The research path will link you with a departmental research group working on research aspects of environmental modelling and monitoring, and is designed explicitly for those going on to a career in research.

  • The consultancy pathway focuses on the application of fundamental training for environmental management and is for those wanting to use their skills directly in environmental management.

The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules with a value of between 180 and 210 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.

Course purpose

For those seeking a deeper understanding of environmental processes and techniques for managing environmental change. Provides advanced-level training in the application of environmental modelling and monitoring, remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS) to environmental management and the prevention, mitigation or adaptation to environmental change.

Course format and assessment

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

Extra information

Students can opt for the Research stream or the Consultancy stream. The compulsory modules for both streams include: Environmental Remote Sensing, Environmental GIS, Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface and Methods for Environmental Research. Students following the consultancy stream must also take Seminars in Environmental Research Management & Policy and an option module. Students following the research stream must also take Monitoring Environmental Change and Environmental Research Design & Application.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Required Modules:

  • Dissertation in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management (60 credits)

  • Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits)

Additionally, you are required to take 20 credits from one of the following pathways:

Research

  • Environmental Research Design and Application (20 credits)

Consultancy

  • Environmental Processes and Management (20 credits)

    OR
  • Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)
Optional Modules

Optional Modules

You will take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Environmental Remote Sensing (20 credits)

  • Modelling Environmental Change and the Land Surface (20 credits)

  • Monitoring Environmental Change (20 credits)

  • Environmental GIS (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

  • Up to 20 credits in Level 7 modules from any departments or institutes outside of Geography. Subject to approval.

 

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) with preference given to geography, natural sciences (such as environmental science, physics, chemistry and biology) and engineering subjects

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 apply.kcl.ac.uk 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. There is no set deadline.

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. Include any computing skills/proficiency that may not be covered elsewhere in your application.

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.

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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • 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

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

National or international consultancies and NGOs; private and public service research and management; further higher level research in UK and overseas universities and research centres.

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