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Environmental Monitoring, Modelling & Management MSc



Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management enables you to gain a deeper understanding of environmental processes and techniques for managing environmental change. Study how to assess the causes and manage the consequences of environmental, climatic and land use change. Students choose to take either a research or a consultancy stream.

Key benefits

  • Focuses on the delivery of important technical skills (GIS, Remote Sensing, modelling and monitoring).

  • Students form strong links with departmental research groups and external organisations in the UK and beyond.

  • Established since 1997.

  • 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 30 FT/PT.

Course leaders

Dr James Millington (

Course contact for further information

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


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

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

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


The MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management programme provides advanced-level core training in environmental modelling and monitoring, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and in the research methods training required to use them effectively. Modules examine how to assess the causes and consequences of environmental, climatic and land-use change. Students can opt for a research pathway or a consultancy pathway. The two pathways share key training elements. The research pathway links a student 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 key training to environmental management, and is designed for those who wish to use their skills directly in environmental management.

You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 210 credits as outlined below. Details of all modules can be found 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 module 7SSG5110 in your first year and 7SSG5181 (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.


  • Required Modules

    Core module (Research & Consultancy pathways: 60 credits):

    • 7SSG5181Dissertation in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

    Compulsory module (Research & Consultancy pathways: 20 credits):

    • 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits, T1)
    • Compulsory module (Research pathway: 20 credits):
    • 7SSG5111 Environmental Research Design and Application (20 credits, T1)

    Compulsory module (Consultancy pathway: 20 credits):

    • EITHER 7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits, T2) OR 7SSG5165 Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits, T2)
    Environmental GIS
    Environmental Remote Sensing
    Methods For Environmental Research
    Modelling Environmental Change At The Land Surface
    Monitoring Environmental Change

    Optional Modules

    Optional modules (80−110 credits):

    Students must take 80 credits optional modules, with at least 60 credits from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department (including those on the list of prescribed optional modules). Students on either stream who wish to take greater than 180 credits overall (for a maximum total of 210 credits) will require approval from the Programme Director using the Module Amendment Form available from However, it is not necessary to take these additional credits and it is strongly advised that students generally restrict themselves to the minimum number of credits required.

    List of Prescribed Optional Modules:

    • 7SSG5029 Environmental Remote Sensing (20 credits, T1)
    • 7SSG5031 Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface (20 credits, T2)
    • 7SSG5035 Monitoring Environmental Change (20 credits, T1)
    • 7SSG5109 Environmental GIS (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.

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

    † 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.

    Environmental Research Design & Applications
    Environmental Remote Sensing
    Modelling Environmental Change At The Land Surface
    Monitoring Environmental Change
    Environmental GIS

Career prospects

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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Fees and funding

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.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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