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Water Science and Governance combines pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences. Gain an advanced understanding of the many contemporary, and often controversial, perspectives on water resource allocation and management. Examples from the UK and Europe, diverse water environments and differently evolved political economies worldwide.
Gain advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world based on lectures and seminars informed by cutting-edge research and policy
Explore the socio-economic, political and environmental aspects of water allocation and management through engagement with leading international scientists and professionals from the water sector
Take advantage of the London location for excellent opportunities for professional networking and to seek potential internships and jobs
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 25 FT/PT
Course leaders Dr Naho Mirumachi (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 email 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
Minimum standard is a 2:1 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. There is no set deadline.
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 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.
The MSc Water: Science and Governance programme is an interdisciplinary programme. It provides experience in combining pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences for an advanced understanding of the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world. The aim of this programme is to develop cutting-edge knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience to prepare participants for a leading career in the field of water science, policy and governance. It promotes initiative and the exercise of independent critical judgement in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level. Participants will acquire a wide range of relevant theory within a sustainability framework. They will discover how the diverse needs of society, the economy and the environmental/ecosystem services provided by water are addressed and mediated by both political and technical processes. In lectures and seminars participants will meet water scientists and professionals from the public and the private sectors and from civil movements/NGO groups. A key aspect of the programme is providing students opportunities to engage with environmental scientists, policy makers and professionals working in a variety of practical contexts in the water sector. This engagement allows participants to critically analyse current water issues and to gain insights into the different assumptions of stakeholders using, managing and regulating the global water environment and its services.
You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 200 credits as outlined below. Details of all modules can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/study/masters/timetablesmodules.aspx. Note that not all optional modules are offered every year.
Part-time students: As part of your two-year schedule, plan to take the compulsory research methods module 7SSG5002 or 7SSG5110 in your first year and 7SSG5163 (Dissertation) in your second year.
The aim of the programme is to develop an ability to evaluate critically current and advanced scholarship as well as the practical experience of those working in the fields of water science and governance. It promotes initiative and the exercise of independent critical judgement in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level. Participants will acquire a wide range of relevant theory within a sustainability framework. They will discover how the diverse needs - of society, of the economy and of the environmental/ecosystem services provided by water - are addressed and mediated by political processes.
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.
7SSG5163Dissertation in Water: Science and Governance (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)
Compulsory modules (100 credits):
EITHER 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research OR 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research, depending upon the science background of the student (both modules 20 credits, T1)
7SSG5104 Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits, T2)
7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits, T2)
7SSG5172 Applied Aquatic Sciences (20 credits, T1)
7SSG5206 Water, Security and the Environment (20 credits, T1)
Optional modules (20−40 credits):
Students must take 20 credits of optional modules from any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department. Students who wish to take greater than 180 credits overall (for a maximum total of 200 credits) will require approval from the Programme Director using the Module Amendment Form available from https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/stu/geog/student-forms.aspx. 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.
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 https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/stu/geog/student-forms.aspx) and subject to availability and signed permission from the appropriate department/institute administrator (in the exterior department/institute) to allow them on the module.
Students enter employment within the water sector, including working for government departments, water undertakings, environmental consultancies and NGOs, or alternatively develop a research career, using this programme as a foundation for PhD training.
I can safely say that the programme has far exceeded my expectations: I continue to be exposed to the very latest thinking in this field, which I am taught to approach with an open, critical and pragmatic mind.
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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.
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