Skip to main content

Water: Science & Governance MSc



Our Water: Science & Governance MSc combines pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences, allowing you to gain an advanced understanding of the many contemporary, and often controversial, perspectives on water resource allocation and management. You will learn about examples from the UK and Europe, about diverse water environments, and about differently evolved political economies worldwide. 

Key benefits

  • Gain advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world through 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.

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 25 FT/PT

Course leaders Dr Naho Mirumachi (

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 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

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.

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.

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.


Course detail


This is an interdisciplinary programme that combines pure and applied research methods from the social and environmental sciences. We aim to give you cutting-edge knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience to prepare you for a career in the field of water science, policy and governance. We will help to develop your initiative and independent critical judgement in identifying, analysing and solving problems at an advanced level. You will learn about a wide range of theories within a sustainability framework and discover how the diverse needs of society, the economy and environmental/ecosystem services are addressed and mediated by both political and technical processes.

Through lectures and seminars you will meet water scientists and professionals from the public and the private sectors as well as from civil movements and NGOs. A key feature of the programme is the opportunity to engage with environmental scientists, policy makers and professionals working in a variety of practical contexts in the water sector. This engagement allows you 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.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Specialist taught modules assessed by essay, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. 

Extra information

Students must take one optional 20 credit module from a wide range available within the Department of Geography. Students may also opt to take both methods modules in place of the 20 credit optional module. Students who wish to take a further optional module (for a total of 200 credits rather than the required 180) may do so if they wish, with the programme coordinator’s approval.


  • Required Modules

    Core module (60 credits):
    • 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)

    Practising Social Research
    Methods For Environmental Research
    Water Resources And Water Policy
    River Processes & Management
    Water, Security and the Environment

    Optional Modules

    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 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 and subject to availability and signed permission from the appropriate department/institute administrator (in the exterior department/institute) to allow them on the module.


    Freshwater & Estuarine Resources: Science, Management & Policy
    Methods For Environmental Research
    Practising Social Research
    River Processes & Management
    Water Resources And Water Policy

Career prospects

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.



Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 25 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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. 


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.

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


Next steps

Upcoming events

Nov 08
Digital Culture: Taster Session

From social media to smartphones and videogames, d…

Nov 09
Nursing Taster Days 2016

King's Nursing Taster Days provide you with a chan…

Nov 09
Theology & Religious Studies Taster Day

This taster course will provide an experience of t…

Full list of student events

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our guide in PDF format.

Download guide View online

Apply now

Start your academic journey at King's College London.

Postgraduate Taught Postgraduate Research

Explore King’s

AccommodationTake a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student lifeArt, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricularDiscover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London livingWith four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.